Ben Stookesberry

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窶廸ight was quickly approaching as Ben and I found ourselves deep in an unknown box gorge... It was the first time in nearly 20 years of paddling class V that I was forced to paddle into the unknown, unscoutable and unportagable because of lack of options. We had gone one eddy too far.窶 Lane Jacobs - #intothewater #kokatatusa https://kokatat.com/expeditions/a-colombian-whitewater-renaissance-exploration-of-southern-colombia
Winter in Montana isn窶冲 so bad after all... #globalwarmingguiltfree
I can think of worse places to paddle mid-winter. I can also think of warmer places. #globalwarmingguiltfree photo: @aurarogers
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 9: The Exit- Just when you think you窶况e gone to far and there is no escape, the river turns the corner and blasts through a construction a couple meters wide and then opens up into the Andean foothills.  From here it窶冱 a miraculous float to a take out bridge at Argentina窶冱 rout 40 that leads south towards More of the world窶冱 best rivers. #liveyouradventure #jacksonkayak
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 8: 2 rivers and a mountain range collide - Downstream of the confluence of a small clear Diamante and a brown, much larger Borbollテウn the river heads do east towards a canyon that must be seen to be believed. #Believeme #lifepoints
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 7: Camping under the stars.
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 6: Side hikes. Everybody likes taking a break now and again especially by day 4. But why only stop for lunch when you could spend the whole afternoon. Next time this volcanic novelty might have enough water to be runnable! #liveyouradventure
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 5: When the river taketh the river giveth back- Hands down the craziest scenario I窶况e seen play out on the river was a pin that led to a swim followed by Nouria窶冱 lost shoe. The next day, a river cleaner than most, provided the perfect shoe at the perfect time. Miracles do..... @nourianewman #liveyouradventure
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 4: Red Rocks Rock the Andes-20 miles below laguna Diamantテゥ the canyon evolves into a decidedly lusher series of natural Red Rock amphitheaters reminiscent of Colorado but geologically a world apart. 窶廬f your into that sorta shit窶 quote @mattnevergivesup
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 3: Almost paradise: At about 10,000 feet of elevation 90-foot Santa Catarina Falls was our team窶冱 only portage during the third descent of the 60 mile, 6000 vertical foot descent of the upper Rio Diamantテゥ. #muicriminal汨 #liveyouradventure #lifepoints 沒キ @matiaslopezkayak
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 2: Moonscape Magic- It窶冱 this juxtaposition between this verdant river bed populated with fish and a lush carpet of vegetation and barren seemingly lifeless rock walls that make the steep upper stretches of the Diamantテゥ River unique. That and a nearly comelete lack of portaging in the 4000 foot vertical descent to the Borbollion confluence where the Diamantテゥ quintuples in size and where the real fun begins. @kokatatusa @jacksonkayak
Diamantテゥ, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 0: A Lil窶 History- 30 years ago Silvio Gallo made the second descent of the classic lower Diamantテゥ. By the mid 90窶冱 he had the Upper in mind when he and American expedition kayaker David Pettingill flew into the high Andes via single prop for a look. After the flight Pettingill declared the river unrunnable and the idea faded until 2014 when 48 year old Gallo, @matiaslopezkayak, and Fernando entered the river at Laguna Diamantテゥ just days behind @silviogurrieri and @samrickettsnz .