Yesterday Eddie Bauer received word that the South African whitewater guide, Hendri Coetzee, who was leading First Ascent Kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was pulled from his kayak on the Lukuga River by a crocodile and is presumed dead.
Ben Stookesberry: “Yesterday, we had 200 people, 250 people on the Rwanda side following us, local villagers … there was one guy … he started scouting the drops for us, trying to pick out lines with hand signals.
By Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic The Mountains of the Moon (called the “Rwenzori” by native peoples) literally inspired our expedition when planning began six months ago.
Ben Stookesberry: “We actually made it down out of the Mountains of the Moon in a couple days. We made it out with heavy rain the last day of the trail, hiking about 6,000 feet down out of the mountains. We were literally swimming down the trail in spots.
By Jesse Coombs The kayak team spent five days in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. They are called the Mountains of the Moon and are a World Heritage Site. It is also was believed (and possibly still argued by some) to be the source of the Nile.
Ben Stookesberry: “We’re at the top of Margherita Peak, the highest point in the Ruwenzori Mountains—the fabled Mountains of the Moon and the third highest peak in Africa at 16,700 some-odd-feet. The weather was absolutely not kind to us, although it certainly could have been worse….
Ben Stookesberry: “…Calling in from the base of the Alexandra Glacier… We’re up here on the glaciers feeding the Nile. We’re literally about 15 minutes off the equator and we’re going to head down right now. Chris stayed down below. He got a little bit of a headache last night. Hopefully he’ll join us at [...]