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Gotta Love Kayaking in Ecuador
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Gotta Love Kayaking in Ecuador

After a week of climbing mountains with my mom, it was time to move onto a sport that I have a little more experience with. So after returning to Quito from our Cotopoxi attempt, I headed to the airport to pick up my friend Clay Warren, for our week of kayaking and showing him around one of my favorite places in the world. My mom flew out the following morning and Clay and I headed to the Quijos River Valley and the town of Baeza to begin our trip.

MK Ambassador | Laura Farrell

We hung out in Baeza for four days and had great water levels for the days we were there. We got on a number of my favorite sections of whitewater in the Quijos Valley (and Ecuador in general), including the Bridge to Bridge, Bridge to Borja, and El Chaco Canyon sections of the Quijos as well as the lower Cosanga.

Year in Review from Adam Kerbel
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Year in Review from Adam Kerbel

Adam Kerbel | MK Ambassador

2011 was a whirlwind. Like two years in one. The winter was a satisfying 22-dayer (ski days that is) including an 8-day heli-ski adventure in Valdez, Alaska. While we didn’t get the conditions we wanted we did end up with a private helicopter for most of the week so we were still able to log almost our entire 80,000 feet of vertical for the week. Spring found us camped out in Whistler for the 2011 Ski and Snowboard Festival and still getting fresh tracks up top (really, check out the spring they had last year, amazing).

The Great Bahama Bank
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The Great Bahama Bank

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While we were in Bimini, we were able to catch up with boats we had last seen in Marathon as well as meet new friends. Our original plan was to stop at Frazier’s Hog Cay in the Berry Islands, but with forecasted winds we decided to head across the banks straight to Nassau – about 125 miles. At 6 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Bimini Big Game Marina had four sailboats on their docks – by 10:05, they had 0.

Mountain Climbing on the Equator with my Mom
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Mountain Climbing on the Equator with my Mom

I have to say, if you’re going to have to work during the holidays, being in Ecuador isn’t the worst place in the world to be. I just returned home from a ten day trip guiding for Adventures by Disney in Ecuador, but before work started, I decided to make the most of my trip south by going two weeks early in search of adventure.

Laura Farrell | MK Ambassador

My adventure began with a mountaineering trip with my mom. Neither one of us had ever really climbed any mountains before, but with numerous 15,000+ foot mountains lying next to the equator, we decided Ecuador would be a good place to start.  So we signed up for a weeklong trip that involved four different summit attempts. I was very excited to get the experience of doing this with my mom. I am always proud of her for agreeing to join me on these kinds of trips especially considering she is afraid of heights.

Year in Review from Jez Blanchard
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Year in Review from Jez Blanchard

2011 was once again a bloody big year.

I headed up to Cairns to help run and participate in Monsoon Madness, the inaugural national boater cross event with the national freestyle championships tied in with it. I was fortunate enough to win the 2011 National Champion at this event and really enjoyed boating with the crew up there.

Jez Blanchard | MK Ambassador

As with every year that I have paddled, I headed off to the USA to another fantastic summer. I do believe that I am up to over 20 summers in a row, sweet. While I was there I instructed a bunch, paddled a bunch and had only one day off the water in three months. We estimated that we instructed over 200 kids with our program, thats a whole lot of instruction for sure, but it was again so fantastic to be a part of. One great side effect of heading to this part of the world is that I get to paddle the Green throughout the summer. Warm summer green runs, life is good!