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Darin McQuoid Gets First-Hand Look at Tsunami Destruction on Japan Kayak Expedition
Posted on June 14, 2011

Story and photos by Darin McQuoid Things were lining up perfectly for 16 days kayaking with friends in a well-developed country that hides a surprising amount of un-run rivers. With the world’s third largest economy and stable political conditions, what can go wrong?


Darin McQuoid and Friends Net a Kayaking First Descent in the California Snow
Posted on March 27, 2011

By Darin McQuoid Who would have thought, two first descents in one week and both in the mecca of kayaking, California. It’s normal for our schedules to be dictated by weather in this wonderful sport.


Darin McQuoid Explores Backyard First Descents in California
Posted on March 20, 2011

By Darin McQuoid Early in the morning I get a call. Hazy from sleep, I distinguish a few key words: “hike,” “first descent,” “waterfall.” A mission is born.


First Ascent Kayak Team Successfully Completes First Descent of Mubuko River, Uganda
Posted on November 15, 2010

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.

First Ascent Kayaker Jesse Coombs Recaps Climb in Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Posted on November 10, 2010

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.

FA Kayak Team Summits Third-Highest Peak in Africa
Posted on November 10, 2010

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….

FA Kayak Team Hikes to Alexandra Glacier
Posted on November 10, 2010

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 […]