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FA Kayak Team Encounters Dam Projects on the Victoria Nile in Uganda
Posted on November 2, 2010

Ben Stookesberry called in from the banks of the Victoria Nile River in Uganda to talk about dam projects, their impact on the local communities, and what’s ahead for the team. “This dam project three miles down that we came to is something that the kayakers are pretty sad about.

FA Kayakers Complete Stage One of Victoria Nile Expedition in Africa
Posted on November 1, 2010

By Ben Stookesberry Stage one of several has been completed here in Uganda, Africa. Chris Korbulic, Darin McQuoid, Jesse Coombs, and I landed on the northern edge of Lake Victoria in Kampala, exactly 30 hours after leaving Reno, Nevada.

First Ascent Kayak Team Prepares for Africa Expedition
Posted on October 30, 2010

The First Ascent kayak team—Ben Stookesberry, Jesse Coombs, Darin McQuoid and Chris Korbulic—has embarked upon a new expedition in Africa, inspired by 19th-century searches for the source of the Nile and ensuing expeditions into the Upper Congo.

First Ascent Kayaker Jesse Coombs Helps Rescue on Washington River
Posted on September 23, 2010

  By Jesse Coombs A few years back, we arrived in Hood River, OR, to promote a show that evening. We knew we had a day off from our First Descent: Hotel Charley, Vol 5 tour before heading to our next show

First Ascent Kayaker Jesse Coombs Shares Expedition Packing Tips
Posted on August 9, 2010

First Ascent kayaker Jesse Coombs shares his tips and tricks for traveling to remote corners of the world with kayak in tow. By Jesse Coombs I’m often asked, “How do you get your gear across the world?”


‘Tweet’ Live with First Ascent Kayak Team on 8/26
Posted on August 2, 2010

First Ascent kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Coombs will answer your questions and talk about expedition kayaking live on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 26, at noon PST.

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.