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Stookesberry and Korbulic Selected as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year
Posted on November 16, 2015

A huge high five goes out today to Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic who were selected Friday as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year—with whitewater partners Benny Marr and Pedro Oliva—for an expedition of magnitude that ticked the first descent of the Beriman Gorge in Papua New Guinea. The story, the film and the Red Bull Media House footage are absolutely, jaw-dropping incredible but the executive summary is a jungle heli-drop first descent of a class VII river of no return to the Salomon Sea.

The 13-day, 13-gorge first descent that could only be partially scouted by air placed them in harm’s way in the middle of one of the world’s most remote jungles. Red Bull Media captured the entire, epic undertaking and is working on a full-length feature about the mission—a project you can read more about at RedBull.com—but we’re sharing their teaser live today to celebrate the announcement.

Now that Ben and Chris are officially Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year, they are also in the running for the prestigious people’s choice award—so we are actively encouraging you to go vote for them at Adventure.NationalGeographic.com. The pair has ticked more than 120 first descents in 36 countries and their lifetime body of work is beyond compare in the expedition kayaking sphere. But, if you need more persuasion, tomorrow we will be publishing an exclusive first-look gallery at what they encountered in the Beriman. Check back for the full story and go vote, early and often. —LYA Editor

Above: Ben and Chris scouting Gorge #1 after their jungle heli drop on the Beriman in Papua New Guinea. The point of no return. P: Ben Marr

Above: Ben and Chris scouting Gorge #1 after their jungle heli drop on the Beriman in Papua New Guinea. The point of no return. P: Ben Marr

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  1. Jason

    Amazing accomplishment! Well deserved fellas!


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