Expedition of the Year

In an effort to ensure that the furthest reaches of the Earth continue to be explored by boat, the winners of the Expedition of the Year Award will be presented with the C&K Expedition Grant, a $2,500 award presented by Shred Ready to be applied toward the winning team’s next expedition.
Amazon Express
Amazon Express
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The Team: West Hansen, with Ian Rolls, Jeff Wueste, Juan de Ugarte, Rafa Ortiz, Tino Specht, Simon Yerovi and others.

Hansen notched the fastest Amazon source-to-sea ever, and the first to start from the newly identified most-distant source in the Rio Mantaro basin. The expedition included the second complete descent of the Rio Mantaro (with de Ugarte, Ortiz, Specht and Yerovi joining in the crux sections), five confrontations with armed men, and 4,103.2 miles of paddling.

Amazon Headwaters
Amazon Headwaters Expedition
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The Team: Rocky Contos, with James Duesenberry, Tom Diegel, Simon Yerovi and others.

Contos ran each of the Amazon’s four principal tributaries from top-to-bottom, and made an extraordinary discovery: The most-distant source of the Amazon is in the Rio Mantaro basin, not the Apurimac as previously thought. To verify the finding, he and Duesenberry completed a 500-mile first descent of the Mantaro. Contos also ran the Apurimac, Maranon and Urubamba.

Rio Santo Domingo Descent
Rio Santo Domingo Descent
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The Team: Evan Garcia, Rafa Ortiz, and Rush Sturges

Sturges, Ortiz and Garcia travelled to Chiapas in Southern Mexico to make the first single-day descent of the Rio Santo Domingo. Dropping at a rate of 1,000 feet per mile, this stunningly beautiful series of large, technically demanding waterfalls is considered the world’s steepest runnable river.

Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition
Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition
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The Team: Pete Marshall, Winchell Delano, Steve Keaveny and Matt Harren

Running a four-month, 2,600-mile canoe journey across Canada’s Northern Territories. Their trek remained almost entirely above 60 degrees latitude as the four Midwesterners made their way from the Pacific Ocean to Hudson Bay.

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