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Into the Indus | Chapter Five [Video]

by carson-lindsay
Saturday, April 11, 2020
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Saturday, April 11, 2020
After doing a bit of a play-by-play of our trip, I wanted to offer some reflections and some of the things we all learned.
Carson Lindsay
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Chapter 5

Carson Lindsay, Johnny Chase, Evan Moore, Dane Jackson
Carson Lindsay, Johnny Chase, Evan Moore, Dane Jackson
The Pakistan flag with some pretty normal scenery. Carson Lindsay
The Pakistan flag with some pretty normal scenery. Carson Lindsay

First

The country of Pakistan is so incredible. One hundred percent if you have the opportunity to go there, you should, and not just for kayaking. The culture and the people there were so wonderful. People’s generosity was unbelievable and bountiful, they were so excited to have westerners in their home and to share it with us. Every person we met offered us chai tea and food, offered for us to come in to their homes, and made it a point to come over and speak to us to get to know us and hear our story. The first question we mostly got on the river was, “Where are you going?”

Drinking chai with our truck driver friends. Carson Lindsay
Drinking chai with our truck driver friends. Carson Lindsay

Second

The landscape there is beyond anything I could have imagined. I know now that we don’t have real mountains in California, we have little hills. On our drive, Johnny and I would ask our driver what the names of these massive peaks were, he would mostly tell us they were “baby peaks” and we couldn’t see the big ones from where we were. If you go to Pakistan, hiking, climbing and exploring these mountains would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

anga Parbat poking it’s head out above the clouds. Johnny Chase
Nanga Parbat poking it’s head out above the clouds. Johnny Chase

Third

The Indus changed my mind as far as what kinds of rapids I deemed runnable. The size of features I feel comfortable around has certainly increased. It was really special to be out there paddling some of the biggest rapids I’ve ever run and feel totally in control even though the nature of big water and the Indus is unpredictable and more dynamic than a “normal” river.

Johnny finding his way through the chaos. Temple of the Bens. Carson Lindsay

Johnny finding his way through the chaos. Temple of the Bens. Carson Lindsay

Fourth

The people on the trip will always make it or break it. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew, other than one or two additions, for this journey. Evan, Johnny, Dane and I all worked so well together, and all of our drivers, cooks, guides, and everyone in between were so incredible. I will be forever thankful to all of them.

Our whole crew together for the last time before heading to Islamabad for our flight.
Our whole crew together for the last time before heading to Islamabad for our flight.

Lastly

I feel like I’m now an ambassador for the country of Pakistan. Clearly it has had a terrible reputation in recent history, but no travel is without dangers and unknowns, Pakistan is no different. But there wasn’t a single time that I felt unsafe. Be smart about your travels, hire local guides, don’t spend time in cities, and don’t go out at night.

Here’s a video that Dane made about our trip that really shows a little bit of every aspect. We hope you all have good lines and stay safe out there!


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