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Colorado Whitewater is extremely pleased to announce that kayaking legend Doug Ammons will be our featured speaker at CW's Annual Fall Dinner. If you are a member of American Whitewater, you no doubt have enjoyed Doug’s recent articles in American Whitewater's monthly journal on the mental aspect of kayaking, as well as what it means to be on the cutting edge.

Doug’s presentation – 25 Years of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine: the Everest No One Knew – is filled with exceptional outdoor adventure photography, showcasing everything from beautiful scenic shots to wild action. Please join us! Details:

Who and What: CW’s Annual Fall Dinner, featuring Doug Ammons, talking about 25 Years of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine: the Everest No One Knew. (See more about Doug below).

When: Friday, October 17, 2008; cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m.

Where: Empress Seafood Restaurant at 2825 West Alameda Avenue (Alameda and Federal), which will be serving a seven course dinner.

Cost and Sign-up: $20 for CW members. $23 for non-members. Please RSVP by October 10th. Sign up at CW’s website:


Doug Ammons has been a world class kayaker for 25 years. A Montana native, Doug started whitewater kayaking in the early 1980s, quickly excelled, and began doing first descents regionally throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Alberta. These extended into major expeditions over the next 20+ years as he became one of the world’s premier whitewater kayakers. He is probably best known for his expedition first descents, extreme high water descents of classic rivers like the North Fork of the Payette, and solo descents of wilderness Class V and VI rivers, such as Devil’s Canyon of the Susitna in Alaska and the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River in northern British Columbia. Doug was one of the first true all-around paddlers, at home in every kind of whitewater from extreme steep creeks to wilderness big water. From 1985 to 1990, he also was one of the world’s top rodeo paddlers. But river running is his greatest love.

Doug has done 7 different film documentaries: two for National Geographic, one for ESPN, and four for the Outdoor Life Network. They have portrayed descents of rivers in Nepal, Bolivia, Mexico, Canada, and in the United States. Doug’s first show for National Geographic (1991) was called “Jungle kayakers” where the kayakers challenged huge waterfalls in the rain forest of Southern Mexico and descended a river that disappeared underground into a cave. That show won “Best Mountain Film” at the Banff International Mountain Film Festival and is still regularly aired on television in the US, Canada, and Europe. Four of the shows led to Emmy Awards for Action photography, and, in 1998, Ammons received an Emmy for “Outstanding Action Cinematography” for climbing and kayaking footage he shot on the Bolivia expedition.

A recent show for National Geographic Explorer featured Ammons in a descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River in northern Canada, considered to be one of the two hardest rivers in the world. Doug was the first person ever to do an “alpine” descent of the river. Two years later, in 1992, Doug soloed the 60-mile Class VI canyon, the only time that has ever been done.

A Ph.D. in psychology and editor of two international scientific journals, Doug is also a gifted writer. Doug wrote and published The Laugh of the Water Nymph, voted one of the best outdoors books of 2004 by the National Outdoor Book Awards. He writes regularly for adventure publications and is a frequent contributor to American Whitewater’s monthly journal.

All proceeds from Doug's book, slide shows, presentations, and articles over the past 15 years have gone to support a small school in the poorest part of Nepal and to a number of individual children who graduated from it. About 50 kids attend the school currently, and four of the graduates are now in universities and colleges in Kathmandu and Pokara. They have come from villages a few miles from the Tibetan border, 10 to 14,000 feet, without medical care, electricity, phone, or roads. A two week trek to the nearest "civilization", these villages are essentially a medieval society of subsistence farming and herding. The kids are smart and incredibly hard working. With a little help they have bootstrapped themselves into the 21st Century. All they need is a little opportunity. So when you attend Fall Dinner not only will you have a great time, eat a great dinner, and hear a great speaker, you also will be helping these deserving kids.

Colorado Whitewater looks forward to seeing you at Empress Seafood Restaurant on Friday, October 17, 2008 for our annual Fall Dinner. You don’t want to miss out on this rare opportunity to hear from a kayaking legend and one of kayaking’s most thoughtful voices.
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Wish I could see Ammons speak. The area of Nepal that he has been doing his work in is Dolpo, also made "famous" by Peter Mathiessen's book, "The Snow Leopard." My wife and I had the good fortune to trek in neighboring Mustang several years ago. That part of the Himalaya, in the rainshadow of Annapurna and Dhalagiri, is pretty mindblowing. It's like experiencing Tibet before the Chinese erased the Tibetan culture, then brought it back as a theme park for tourists. Don't miss this whitewater pioneer. A nice bonus is being able to help some of the most endearing mountain people in the world.
Don't Miss Out!

Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to hear Doug Ammons, the featured speaker at CW's fall dinner on Friday, October 17th. Doug is flying in from Montana for CW and there is still some space available. You can sign up online through Thursday. The cost for dinner and an evening of fun is $20 for members and $23 for non-members. The website address is Walk-ins are also welcome and the walk-in cost is $25. If you are planning on coming, please sign up quickly so we can give the restaurant a reliable estimate of the number of folks coming! Thanks all.
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