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First Ascent Kayakers Conclude Grueling Portage at Barranca de Piaxtla, Mexico
Posted on July 28, 2010

In the previous entries of this expedition, First Ascent kayakers Jesse Coombs, Ben Stookesberry, Darin McQuoid and friends struggled to portage around a 1,000-foot descent of falls at Barranca de Piaxtla in Mexico.

First Ascent Kayakers Forced to Portage Extreme Terrain of Barranca de Piaxtla
Posted on July 27, 2010

First Ascent kayakers Jesse Coombs, Ben Stookesberry, Darin McQuoid and friends navigate the extreme terrain of the Barranca de Piaxtla, Mexico. Words by Jesse Coombs; photographs by Darin McQuoid We woke up and were ready to hit the trail by 8 a.m. We had a heavy load to portage.

Be First Recipient Takes Aim at First ‘Summit2Sea’ Expedition from McKinley Summit to Gulf of Alaska
Posted on July 20, 2010

Be First recipient Jesse Shimrock has set out to be the first person to climb the highest mountain in North America (Mt. McKinley) and kayak the rivers that the mountain births, from its highest navigable source, all the way to the ocean, in one continuous push.

Be First Recipients Fight Dangerous Conditions During Training on Mt. McKinley
Posted on July 19, 2010

Confined to a snow cave for 12 days by a blizzard during her last attempt, Be First recipient Christine Feret is making another push to become the first woman to summit Denali in the winter, alongside partner Artur Testov.

First Ascent Kayakers Ride Class 5 Falls at Barranca de Piaxtla, Mexico
Posted on July 15, 2010

Words by Jesse Coombs; photographs by Darin McQuoid Ben Stookesberry, Darin McQuoid and I heard about an exploratory descent on a steep river in Mexico known as the Barranca de Piaxtla. The driver of this particular adventure was Rocky Contos, a post-doctorate neurological researcher who is in love with kayaking.

Be First Recipient Trains to be the First Woman to Summit Mt. McKinley in Winter
Posted on July 13, 2010

Confined to a snow cave for 12 days by a blizzard during her last attempt, Be First recipient Christine Feret is making another push to become the first woman to summit Denali in the winter, alongside partner Artur Testov.

First Ascent Kayaker Jesse Coombs Goes for 101-Foot Drop at Metlako Falls
Posted on July 8, 2010

By Jesse Coombs I had just finished a month long Hotel Charley V: First Descent film tour and was ready for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but as I was driving home, I got a call from photographer Lucas Gilman.

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