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: Michael Herrera
Case #: 15697
On October 23 in DeKalb County, Alabama, retired Houston firefighter Michael Herrera was alone and off-roading on his dual-sport bike when he took a hard fall. Although initially disoriented, Michael’s experience as a first responder told him that his injuries were more serious than he could see so he reached for his SPOT Gen3® and pressed the S.O.S. button.Read More