The Rio Maranon in Peru is the source and headwaters of the Amazon River. I kayaked 680 km assisting Rocky Contos in the first complete decent from the rivers most distant source. I was the first female kayaker to attempt and complete a descent of the River. Our expedition utilized maps and GPS devices to create a logistical footprint of the river. We also classified and named the rapids. During the 26 days I spent on the river, we gained knowledge and insight of seven dams that were planned to be constructed along the river. This expedition allowed us to bring awareness of the repercussions of the dam on the environment and people of Peru. We were able to document the negative impact they would have and share our information with International Rivers and other sources of support against the dams. Currently our efforts have resulted in the postponed construction of the dams.
My passion is exploring the world through outdoor adventure sports and teaching others how to utilize our natural playground to overcome self-induced boundaries driven by fear. When we overcome our fears, we are empowered to live a life beyond our wildest dreams.