It’s official- the Asia Rivers Expedition is going to happen, and our fundraising page is up! We need your help to bring this exploration into being, and to make sure that the story of wild rivers is told to as wide an audience as possible. Please, whether or not you can spare a few dollars to help us make it to the Pacific, share the Indiegogo page on Facebook, Twitter, and by e-mail. Text your friends. E-mail your dentist. Tell… everybody. Spread the fire, and you can help make our dream a reality! We are seeking $11,000 in funding to cover the substantial costs of executing an international expedition. The vaccines alone cost $1900, not to mention flights, visas, gear, food, and communication technology. Anything you can give is much appreciated, and rewarded with lots of cool stuff!
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With the Trans-Europa beginning in less than a week, the details seem to finally be coming together. I am proud to announce that the following sponsors have joined the project.
In addition to the above, the support of Omni Resources (maps) was invaluable. The National Outdoor Leadership School Yukon Branch kindly let me borrow some gear for the duration of the expedition.
The air smells different in the North; it is clean and crisp and straight from the lungs of ten billion spruce trees; after so long away, it hits with the force of a deep and intentive intoxication. Every year since I was thirteen, I have gone ‘north’ in some form, and each year, I went farther afield: from Maine to Quebec to Ontario and in 2008 to the Yukon Territory and eventually above the Arctic Circle. I found there – in the north – a deep love of place, and I have been lucky enough to be invited back to the Yukon for the last three years to lead expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School. I just picked up my plane tickets today, and in only a few short weeks I will smell that smell and see the disappearing sun at 11PM and know I’ve come back to one of the places where I am most alive.