Chapter 6. Scouting and Portaging: Set Your Own Course
Few other sports require the processing of so much data so fast. Survival depends on split-second decisions, both reflexive and deliberate—and not just one or two in a drop, but continuously, in a dynamic flow of constant recalibration. One mistake in the thousands of moves in a single day—going a foot too far to the left, or getting thumped off line at the wrong moment—and your life may end.
|--Peter Heller, Outside magazine, on the descent of Tibet’s Upper Tsangpo Gorge|
On the tenth day of an historic first run down the menacing Upper Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet in 2002, kayaker Johnnie Kern was driving into a “must-make” ferry—paddling upstream across the current to a safe haven behind a ...