Don’t miss the first kayak descent of the Lower Congo Rapids, the highest volume rapids in the world at 1.25 million cubic feet per second. SPOT Ambassador Trip Jennings will appear on the National Geographic Channel show Explorer: "Monster Fish of the Congo”, which tells the tale of this epic adventure to explore the Congo River, its people and its species.
Be sure to tune in on February 10 at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. (PST) or 10 p.m. (EST).
What would more water than the Mississippi at flood, raging between cliffs only 1000 feet apart look like? What would paddling huge whitewater in a country at war with only a few hundred miles of paved road feel like? Could a team of kayakers handle bringing 150 pounds of scientific equipment on a 5-day first descent? What discoveries could this team of kayakers make while collaborating with some of the worlds best hydrologists and biologists?
At 1.25 million cubic feet per second, the Lower Congo Rapids are the highest volume rapids in the world.
During the summer of 2008 a team of kayakers from the Epicocity Project (www.epicocity.com) set out to answer these questions and more. They were successful in descending these rapids and learning much about the Congo River, the people that live on its banks and the breading ground for species that exists beneath its surface.
The crew escaped an attempt to take them hostage at gunpoint and whirlpools the size of school buses. They emerged successfully with never before seen scientific data and footage of the epic adventure.
The National Geographic film “Monster Fish of the Congo” tells the tale of this adventure and their discoveries. February 10 at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. (PST) or 10 p.m. (EST) on National Geographic Channel.
Rescue Profile: Tom
Case #: 13665
Tom Madlem had been riding motorcycles for 50 years. Death Valley was one trip he had never taken before though. He and a friend had planned to take 2 weeks off and make the ride. However, the first part of the trip was going to force Madlem to commit the “cardinal sin” - biking alone.
This meant he would be riding alone through the desert for two days before meeting up with his friend. After his wife and son begged him not to go by himself, he was then convinced to purchase his SPOT GEN3™ for the trip so his family would have peace of mind. He made it the first day just fine alone. Tuesday morning, he had not ridden 10 miles when he took a hard fall on his bike.