In seven days time my team and I will drop into the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota with one heck of a journey ahead of us. We each have a 1000 miles to travel, me in the water and the team on top of it.
Over the next ten days I’ll introduce you to the team one by one, as well as sharing some thoughts, expected challenges, shout-outs to the companies supporting us and also the cool stuff we’ll be working towards.
We’re not alone on the Missouri this year. It so happens that two of my friends are descending the entire Mississippi Missouri system by kayak. They’re currently upstream of our launch point but will catch us up at some point. Both Mark Kalch and Rod Wellington are highly experienced adventurers who are worth checking out, I’m really looking forward to seeing a now familiar expression on their faces, one which says ‘Cornthwaite, you’re a nutball.’
I’m currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, one of the largest gatherings of outdoor equipment and recreation suppliers in the world. Making connections and putting faces to email addresses that I know off by heart is cementing support for both Swim1000 and Expedition1000 as a whole.