The World’s Hardest Rivers: Nouria Newman Kayaks Patagonia

Hold on tight! This is what it’s like to paddle some of the wildest whitewater around. Join the team as they attempt the Triple Crown of Patagonia kayaking — the Baker, Bravo, and Pasqua.

Insane doesn’t even begin to describe the rivers in Patagonia. They run big, wild, and far from the safety of civilization. However, that didn’t stop Nouria Newman, Ben Stookesberry, and Eric Boomer. For over 2 months, the team kayaked nine rivers and garnered four first descents.

In between massive rapids and heart-stopping walls of water, there was a lot of grueling, bushwhacking travel. Carrying 100 pounds of kayak and gear on their backs, they trekked through the Chilean wilds to reach never-before-paddled rivers.

This video from Red Bull shows not only the beautiful rivers they discovered, but the excitement, fear, and tenacity required to paddle the world’s hardest rivers.

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Mallory Paige

Gear Editor Mallory Paige credits a childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains for her love of the outdoors. She recently spent a memorable year motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog!) and is now enjoying introducing her baby girl to all manner of adventure.

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