Ben Stookesberry

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“Night 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.” Lane Jacobs - #intothewater #kokatatusa https://kokatat.com/expeditions/a-colombian-whitewater-renaissance-exploration-of-southern-colombia
Winter in Montana isn’t 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
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 9: The Exit- Just when you think you’ve 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’s a miraculous float to a take out bridge at Argentina’s rout 40 that leads south towards More of the world’s best rivers. #liveyouradventure #jacksonkayak
Diamanté, 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 Borbollón the river heads do east towards a canyon that must be seen to be believed. #Believeme #lifepoints
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 7: Camping under the stars.
Diamanté, 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
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 5: When the river taketh the river giveth back- Hands down the craziest scenario I’ve seen play out on the river was a pin that led to a swim followed by Nouria’s lost shoe. The next day, a river cleaner than most, provided the perfect shoe at the perfect time. Miracles do..... @nourianewman #liveyouradventure
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 4: Red Rocks Rock the Andes-20 miles below laguna Diamanté the canyon evolves into a decidedly lusher series of natural Red Rock amphitheaters reminiscent of Colorado but geologically a world apart. “If your into that sorta shit” quote @mattnevergivesup
Diamanté, 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’s only portage during the third descent of the 60 mile, 6000 vertical foot descent of the upper Rio Diamanté. #muicriminal👌 #liveyouradventure #lifepoints 📷 @matiaslopezkayak
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 2: Moonscape Magic- It’s 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 Diamanté River unique. That and a nearly comelete lack of portaging in the 4000 foot vertical descent to the Borbollion confluence where the Diamanté quintuples in size and where the real fun begins. @kokatatusa @jacksonkayak
Diamanté, Anatomy of top 5 River Descent Part 0: A Lil’ History- 30 years ago Silvio Gallo made the second descent of the classic lower Diamanté. By the mid 90’s 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 Diamanté just days behind @silviogurrieri and @samrickettsnz .