Two weeks ago, under an unseasonably hot February sun, I sat outside a Portland cafÃ© and and listened to Trip Jennings, Kyle Dickman and Andy Maser eagerly describe their latest endeavor, The Epicocity Project. Three young guys with infectious enthusiasm for kayaking, they’ve set out on a 4-stage adventure to paddle rivers in biodiversity hotspots around the globe. Their first stage in Papua New Guinea won Trip “Adventure of the Year” honors from the National Geographic Society; no small achievement for a group whose oldest member clocks in at the ripe old age of 25.
Today, we received a dispatch from the team, which is now halfway around the globe. Trip, Andy and Travis are just beginning the second leg of their journey: This month, they’re attempting to make the first descent of the Upper Salween River in China, which passes through one of the least explored areas on the planet. By paddling and filming what is now China’s longest undammed river, they hope to raise awareness of an ecologically rich region that is threatened by a 13-dam hydro-electric project.
In the months to come, we’ll be featuring some of the resulting footage from their travels on The Collective. Until then, you can follow their adventures on the Upper Salween at http://china.riversindemand.com/.