Showing posts with label Mississippi River. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mississippi River. Show all posts

Video: Stand-Up Paddling the Length of the Mississippi River

A few weeks back I posted a story about British adventurer Kev Brady, who was just about to embark on a 1200 km (800 mile) journey by stand-up paddleboard along the length of the longest river in Sri Lanka and up its coastline, which is expected to take 4 months to complete. But, it turns out that this isn't the only long distance SUP expedition that Kev has undertaken. Back in 2013 and 2014, he also paddled the length of the Mississippi River too, covering some 3781 km (2350 miles) in the process. The video below chronicles that journey, taking us source-to-sea on one of the longest rivers in the world. Quite an adventure indeed.


Ready For a Life Change? Why Not Paddle the Mississippi River?

Are you ready to make a major change in your life, but need a little push to get you going in the right direction? Than you'll be interested in the Exploring Mindset Mississippi Paddle, an 8-day journey down the river that is equal parts adventure and self exploration.

The event is being led by British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite, whose numerous expeditions we've followed closely here on The Adventure Blog. He did a similar Mississippi paddle last year, and it turned out to be highly successful. So, in the fall of 2016 he's doing it again.

This year's journey will begin in Memphis, TN and end in Clarksdale, MS. It runs from September 25 - October 2, and will serve as a moving retreat for anyone who is looking to make a dramatic change in their personal or work life.

The cost of the event is $2550/£1650. Find out more on the Exploring Mindset website, and by checking out the video below, which was shot during last year's Mississippi paddle. 

Adventurer Swimming the Length of the Mississippi River

For me, some of the most impressive feats of endurance involve swimming long distances. The challenges that come along with such an endeavor are very different than say trekking or cycling on land. The water simply makes things more difficult, creating colder conditions and providing greater resistance. That's why I'm incredibly impressed with what American Chris Ring is doing. The 28-year old U.S. Navy vet set out in June to swim the length of the Mississippi River, and while he has already covered an impressive distance, he still has a long way to go.

This massive undertaking started in the headwaters of  the Mississippi in northern Minnesota's Lake Itasca and has continued south for more than four months. So far, Chris has covered approximately 1300 miles (2092 km) of the journey, with another 1200 miles (1931 km) left to go. He had been averaging about 15 miles (24 km) per day, but when he reached St. Louis on Sept. 24, that milage increased to about 20 miles (32 km) thanks to stronger currents pushing him along. If he can maintain that pace, Ring believes he will reach the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans sometime in mid-November.

The swimmer has dubbed this challenge the Swim for their Sacrifice, and he has dedicated the journey to fallen U.S. soldier and the families they have left behind. With that thought in mind, he specifically chose June 6 – the anniversary of D-Day – to begin the swim, and along the way he has stopped to meet with numerous widows and families of soldiers who have died defending the United States. The expedition is also being conducted sponsored by Legacies Alive, an organization dedicated to improving the support for families of fallen soldiers.

If he is successful, Chris will become only the second person to ever swim the length of the Mississippi. Endurance swimmer Martin Strel also accomplished that feat back in 2002, and is has yet to be duplicated again. Ring seems on track to accomplish that, but he still has many miles to go before he is done.

You can follow Chris' progress on the Legacies Alive Facebook page. I wish him luck on the remainder of the journey and hope he gets to the finish line at Mile Marker 0 safe and sound.

80-Year Old Becomes Oldest to Paddle the Mississippi Source-to-Sea

Way back in May of this year, I wrote about Dale Sanders, an 80-year old adventurer who was planning to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from source to sea. Dale was using his epic journey as a way to raise awareness and funds to fight type 1 juvenile diabetes – something his great niece suffers from – and he was inspired by the likes of Dave Cornthwaite, who he assisted on his Mississippi paddle a few years back. On Sunday, Sanders completed his journey at long last, arriving at the Gulf of Mexico after weeks out on the water. In doing so, he became the oldest person to paddle the length of the "Mighty Mississippi" and instantly became an inspiration for the rest of us.

The self-proclaimed "Grey Beard Adventurer" set off from Lake Itasca in Minnesota back on May 15. Back then, he still had to endure late spring sleet and snow, with cold winds making his progress difficult. But as the long days of summer dragged on, the weather shifted noticeably. For six weeks he faced daily rainfalls that left his clothes and other gear constantly soaked. Later, as he moved further south, it was heat and humidity that made his Mississippi sojourn a challenging one.

By the time he reached the Gulf on Sunday, Sanders had paddled more than 2300 miles, spending just over three months out on the river. Along the way he met hundreds of people that lent him a hand or joined him for a stretch of the expedition. Judging from his last dispatch, it seems clear that he was overwhelmed by the support he received along the way, particularly as he neared the end of the paddle where he received a hero's welcome from friends and family.

I want to congratulate Sanders on completing his journey. As I mentioned, he is an inspiration to all of us. Hopefully when I'm 80 I'll still be able to go on these types of adventures. Dale is living proof that age is not a barrier to achieving your goals.

80-Year Old Adventurer Will Paddle the Mississippi River From Source to Sea

Dale Sanders is proof that age is just a number, and you're never too old for a grand adventure. The 80-year old "gray bearded adventurer" will soon set off on a paddling journey down the entire length of the Mississippi River. If successful in his venture, he'll likely become the oldest person to ever go source to sea on that massive waterway.

Over the past few years, Dale has been lending assistance to other paddlers on the Mississippi. His efforts started back in 2011 when he gave British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite a hand as he ran the Mississippi on a stand-up paddleboard. Dale found the experience so rewarding, that he continued to help others as well, with more than 50 paddlers now having passed through his doors.

But now, the octogenarian has his own reasons for making the journey. He is hoping to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Type I Juvenile Diabetes, and affliction that his grand niece suffers from.

Dale will set out soon on his adventure, and you'll be able to follow the entire journey on his Facebook page. The video below also serves as an introduction to Dale, who says that he also wants to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in a few years, but he is waiting until he is old enough to become the oldest person to accomplish that feat as well.

Good luck Dale, and thanks to Dave for sharing this great story.


Meet Dale Sanders from Coltin Calloway on Vimeo.