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  1. Preparing for Rio Presidio First Descent

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    First Ascent Kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic are gearing up for another expedition to the west coast of Northern Mexico. The area is blessed with topography similar to the Grand Canyon, but recently plagued by reports of "narcotraficantes" in the states of Sinaloa and Durango. The...
  2. 3 High Sierra Rivers in 4 Days

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    First Ascent kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry set out to kayak down three rivers in the High Sierra wilderness – just outside Yosemite National Park– in four days. Just before sunrise, it was a picture-perfect summer morning. I hiked up the Kibbie Ridge trail, 10 miles toward...
  3. Chat with First Ascent Kayakers

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    Have any questions for Hotel Charley film-makers and team First Ascent kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Coombs? First Ascent is hosting a live chat with the expedition boaters on Twitter on Thursday, August 26, at 1 PM. They will talk about expedition paddling and answer any other questions...
  4. First Ascent Kayakers in Mexico

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    Check out this series of stories from First Ascent kayaker Jesse Coombs about last Fall's expedition to the deepest canyon in North America, the Barranca de Piaxtla in Mexico. This is just a taste of the year's expeditions so keep an eye out for upcoming trips and posts. This Fall and winter are...
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