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.
Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.
Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT piqued his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.