After this past expedition to Myanmar I have to say I was a little dismayed if not down right frustrated about our attempt to make a source to sea of the Irrawaddy river. But since no one was seriously hurt, Chris and I can now take a deep breath and look at the bright side:
The moment I started paddling back in an Indian river after a two year hiatus, I felt an immense rush of excitement and satisfaction. It had taken three and half exhausting days going directly from my front door to get to that river in Meghalaya, India, but it was the best possible start to a
Shuttle is not so simple with one car. Especially deep in Patagonia. The third canyon of Rio Baker is far from the road, and we hope for the best as one of the team hitch-hikes the twenty odd kilometer shuttle on dirt roads.
Wind whips across the river, Yoshi and I huddle down behind our kayaks
The weather may not be perfect, but we have arrived at Chile’s largest river, the well known Rio Baker. Channeling somewhere between 50,000cfs and 80,000cfs in a narrow canyon, we give the river a quick scout from the road. Looks good.
The size and power of the river have to be experienced in person. Each time
In December it looked like we were going to have a great season. Rivers were in and the snow pack was quickly building up. Then, as quickly as they started, the rains stopped. The 70-degree weather in January and February was great for mountain biking but the kayakers were sulking and praying for rain.
When I first got the call from Rolf Kelly about going to Mexico and paddling the Alseseca. I was fired up, there are a few rapids/rivers I really wanted to see in person. Arriving in Mexico City we picked up our rental car and proceeded to head north west to Tlapacoyan. After 10 minutes in
Check out Jackson Kayak’s unique shock absorbing bulkhead system. This
is a simple to use system that is easy to adjust, gives you storage
access to the front of your boat and can help save your ankles if you piton.
Clay Wright walks you though how the whole system works.
Jeff West makes a big punch on the North Fork Payette during his final vertical mile.
Jeff in the whiteout of Idaho, getting ready for the Stikine. Below he is about to launch off the famous swinging bridge to complete a last run of the day on the meat of the run, Jacob’s Ladder, which finalized
The state of Veracruz, Mexico has been steadily gaining a reputation as a world-class paddling destination for both intermediate and expert paddlers alike. A lot of its appeal centers around the various sections of the Alseseca River, ranging from Class II to V, and all reasonably accessible. Every January, the owners of the Aventurec resort
Over the past few months I have been traveling Chile in search of amazing whitewater. Throughout my trip I found myself pushing the limits of what I know and can understand about the incredible forces of water. The first challenge I came across was a rapid called Marimon on the Rio Trancura. My last encounter