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.
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.
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.
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.