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Amazon Express Update: Wild Whitewater on the Amazon

Amazon Express crew continues its attempt to paddle the length of the Amazon River in record time. The team began their expedition on the upper slopes of Mount Mismi in the Peruvian Andes several weeks ago and has been gradually advancing the Rio Apurimac since. This river is one of the main tributaries of the Amazon itself and has some of the wildest whitewater in the world, something the leader of the expedition to the West Hansen and the rest of the team discovered earlier this week.

On Monday, the experienced paddler's lot of class V and V + rapids as they made their way to the river. Some sections were incredibly difficult and demanding, forcing some ports around the sections and the use of kayak rafts rather than in some other hairier. From the sounds of things, it was a very delicate part of the river, and took all the skill of the team was able to carry out this planned water safely.

The first part of the expedition take longer than expected. The calendar was released due to water conditions not being as predictable as the team had expected. Consequently, they jumped actually flows down to meet the most difficult areas, while the West was still completely open whitewater with him. Several of these guides now have other commitments to attend to and leave the team, but with about 87 miles (140 kilometers), and more white water to go, another team should be assembled to support the final push to Amazon itself.

Although these logistics are handled, most of the team now head to the river to complete the sections that have found it much easier to paddle. These areas have been ignored before the living water fight with the most experienced crew. While waiting for new whitewater guides to join them, the group will spend their time filling the sections that were previously ignored.

Given the slow progress in the early stages of the road, I'm not sure how it will speed record attempts. They may still be able to make up time once they reach the Amazon, which is mainly plain water with little current. They are still a considerable distance from this point, however, we'll just wait and see how it all unfolds. Hansen has earned him the reputation of being a fast paddler when conditions are good. He rowed and won the Texas Water Safari on more than one occasion, which is a tough test of endurance in its own right. I am sure you are willing to test their skills in the Amazon, once you have the Apurimac ago