Expedition of the Year
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The Team: Jeremie Belair, Valerie Jolicoeur, Martin Trahan, Julien Bilodeau, Penelope Germain-Chartrand and Annik Shamlian.
What: Jeremie Belair, Valerie Jolicoeur, Martin Trahan, Julien Bilodeau, Penelope Germain-Chartrand and Annik Shamlian.
How: A group of six (then) strangers from Quebec left Montreal seeking to retrace historic voyageur routes, creating “a liquid path across Canada.” Traversing three of four Canadian watersheds (Atlantic, Hudson Bay, Arctic), the crew spent six months covering 4,500 miles and 117 portages, ultimately into the frozen waters of the Mackenzie River, near Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories by late October 2015.
The Team: Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, Pedro Oliva and Ben Marr
What: First Descent of Papua New Guinea’s Beriman River
How: Last summer, this international crew of well-seasoned expedition kayakers chose a remote South Pacific aqua-blue river cascading down 3,000 feet of remote jungle to sea level to mount an “ultimate test of skills and fortitude.” In 13 days, the crew paddled, portaged and rappelled a never-paddled 31-mile section, including a 12-mile, 12-day crux section marked by 13 unscoutable, 4,000-foot-deep gorges.
The Team: Winchell Delano, John Keaveny, Dan Flynn, Jarrad Moore, Adam Trigg, and Luke Kimmes
What: 5,200 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean
How: In eight months, this six-man team traveled south to north across the U.S. and Canada, including a first 2,000 wintry miles upstream on the Mississippi River, and finishing in the deep wilds of Arctic Canada. Funded in part with the $2,500 Expedition Grant presented by Shred Ready, which was awarded to Winchell Delano’s 2,600-mile Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition upon winning the 2013 Canoe & Kayak Awards Expedition of the Year, the Rediscover North America team upped the ante with 245 days of classic canoe-tripping, eventually reaching the mouth of the Coppermine River in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
The Team: Tara Mulvany, Jaime Sharp, Per Gustav Porsanger
What: The ‘Unclaimed Circumnavigation’ of Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago
How: Late last summer, New Zealand sea kayakers Sharp and Mulvany teamed with Porsanger, of Norway, for a first-ever, 1,370-mile circumnavigation of the remote Arctic archipelago. In 71 days marked by gale-force winds, thick fog, and debris-choked water, the team’s route included a 43-mile, 15-hour crossing as well a 26-hour push across the 110-mile cliff front of Europe’s largest glacier. And polar bears. Lots of polar bears.
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