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Meet Whitewater Kayaker Chris Korbulic, King of First Descents

Chris Korbulic is a globe-renowned expedition whitewater kayaker

When the pandemic gutted past year’s global expedition plans, I appeared to my Pacific Northwest backyard for inspiration. In Washington’s wild North Cascade Array I needed to obtain a area of river that had never been paddled. Inspecting maps and satellite imagery I found myriad trails crisscrossing the variety, opening accessibility to numerous not often accessed stretches of river.



Twice I hiked with my kayak to scout a sequence of promising falls at a put termed Agnes Creek just off the Pacific Crest Path. But drinking water levels had been never right. On the 3rd try every little thing eventually came collectively. From the banking institutions of an unnamed 45-foot waterfall, I spent a few hours learning the fall, reviewing every little thing I’d acquired from much more than one hundred first descents of falls all-around the globe. By the time I commit to a fall like this I want to come to feel as although I’ve presently accomplished it, for the reason that I’ve visualized every detail. My girlfriend, who was there observing that working day, states I obsess around planning. She’s right.

Portrait of Chris Korbulic, one of the world’s most renowned expedition whitewater kayakers.
Korbulic is one of the world’s most renowned expedition whitewater kayakers and normally takes an obsessive approach to organizing. Chris Korbulic


Making my approach I became enveloped in sunlit mist growing before a moss-coated headwall. At the lip I felt the acceleration of gravity pulling me into a brief arc, then gorgeous free fall. Because the drinking water underneath was so aerated, the landing was in fact really soft. My kayak submerged possibly 10 toes. In seconds I was upright at the base of the falls. My thoughts all through had been just about adhering to the actions of my visualization method.