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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.

By Jesse Shimrock

After months of social preoccupation and impassioned planning, I am elated to say the journey into the Yukon has officially begun! Just weeks ago I was still searching for possible channels to acquire the necessary funding and resources needed for an expedition of this magnitude.

My greatest hope for bringing this dream to fruition was through the Be First program. In February, I developed the “Summit2Sea” proposal, and when I received the phone call accepting my proposal, my exhilaration went through the roof, as you can imagine.  Just as I burst through the shingles, the cold air of preparation anxiety immediately cooled me off. Based upon my original timeline, I was faced with the challenge of organizing all the gear, travel, reservations, maps, team, logistics, etc., in 12 days.

Sparing you the details of those 12 days, I am now in Anchorage, Alaska, awaiting my transport to the gold mining town of Talkeetna—base camp for the next couple of days.

The Athabascan Indians originally inhabited this area, but as is commonly known in American history, gold was discovered in the lower reaches of the Susitna River, bringing miners and prospectors into the area in 1892. History is a word that defines these villages of the interior. Over the next couple of days, I will be exploring the river stretches that I will be paddling a month from now after I’ve completed my ascent of McKinley.

Author: - Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

  1. Eddie Bauer- Reno R250

    Good luck on your journey, nice to see one of our locals on our blog! The Reno Eddie Bauer store sends our best!

  2. Jamie McG

    Congratulations Jesse!! Wishing you a safe and successful Summit2Sea!

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