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Old January 10th 04, 05:56 PM
Pete Winn
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Default Kayaker needed for Mekong in Tibet

We are seeking a kayaker with Grand Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Zambezi,
Futelea Fu or similar big water experience to join an expedition on
the Mekong in Tibet in April 2004. This position will fill quickly,
so if you are interested please contact me as soon as possible.

The team includes one Tibetan, three Chinese, four Japanese, two
Americans, one expat American and one Australian. Two of the Chinese
were on the all-Chinese team that completed the first descent of the
Yangtze in 1986 and one of these was co-leader of the all-Chinese team
that completed a first descent of the upper Yarlung Tsanpgo in 1998,
Tibet. The Japanese team members were among those who completed first
descents of the Mekong in Qinghai in 1999 and northwest Yunnan in
2002, and the Americans and Australian were part of first descent
expeditions on the Mekong in western Yunnan in 1995 and 1997. The
expedition will be included in a TV program and a couple of books.

The river flows through a two mile deep canyon with occasional view of
glaciated 20,000 ft peaks. We'll be visiting remote villages and
monasteries that have rarely been visited by non-locals. See
http://www.shangri-la-river-expediti...ekong2004.html for a
map and photo and for details about schedule and cost.

We are also planning shorter (and less expensive) roadside Class 3 and
Class 4 - 5 kayak expeditions in Sichuan and Guizhou for August and
September 2004 (no raft support, no camping). See
http://www.shangri-la-river-expediti.../info2004.html for
more info.

These non-commercial, non-profit expeditions are intended to help the
Chinese and Tibetans develop their river touring industry. Previous
expeditions have been the trip of a lifetime for participants - many
have returned a second, third time or fourth time. See
http://www.shangri-la-river-expediti.../journals.html for
descriptions of previous expeditions in Tibet and western China.

If you are not interested but know of someone else who is interested,
please forward this message to them. Thanks for your attention.

Pete Winn
Shangri La River Expeditions

877-242-7108 (toll free in US)
970-242-7108 (foreign)

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