DISPATCH: THE AMAZON’S FIRST KAYAK-ONLY DESCENT

On Dec. 21, 2013, veteran kayak instructor-guides Darcy Gaechter and Don Beveridge, along with British adventurer David Midgley, completed a source-to-sea descent of the Amazon from its newly discovered most-distant source in the headwaters of Peru’s Rio Mantaro. Gaechter is the first woman to complete a source-to-sea paddling expedition on the Amazon. She also likes to point out she’s the first vegan to do so—and that her team was the first to complete the 4,300-mile descent without raft support. (The following story originally appears in the June 2014 issue of C&K, now available on newsstands.)

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