Exploration of Southern Colombia

   Whitewater
Cordillera Oriental, Southern Colombia - October 2017
With a seemingly official end to the sixty year war in Colombia, a small team of three expedition kayakers will attempt a number of first descents in the least explored, yet most hydrologically endowed regions in the Americas.

   Whitewater

Cordillera Oriental, Southern Colombia - October 2017

With a seemingly official end to the sixty year war in Colombia, a small team of three expedition kayakers will attempt a number of first descents in the least explored, yet most hydrologically endowed regions in the Americas.

The team

Lane Jacobs

Lane Jacobs

Inspired by the world-class quality whitewater in the first descent of the Rio Margua last November, Jules Domine, Ben Stookesberry and Lane Jacobs will attempt to descend three of Colombia’s hydro-logical arteries from the headwaters. "


Inspired by the world-class quality whitewater on the first descent of the Rio Margua last November, Jules Domine, Ben Stookesberry, and Lane Jacobs will attempt a number of multi-day first descent rivers in Southern Colombia. The team will attempt to descend three of Colombia’s main hydrological arteries from the headwaters. The unpredictable nature of the weather, water levels, and security will all likely play a role in the success of the trip.

Lane Jacons - 2016 descent of the
Lane Jacobs - 2016 descent of the Rio Margua

Jules Domine has logged an impressive number of first descents around the world and spends much of his time exploring and protecting the waterways of Colombia through his business, Expedition Colombia.

With far more first descents than anyone in the history or river exploration, Ben Stookesberry brings a unique level of experience and skill to navigate the complex challenges Colombia presents.

Lane Jacobs has always been driven by adventure and committing river canyons. This will be Lane’s third trip to Colombia in search of some of the highest quality undiscovered whitewater in the world.

Southern Columbia
Lane Jacobs - Southern Colombia

Colombia is in a transition point, in regards as both a society and whitewater destination, which is unlike anything the modern world has ever seen. As the country is just officially emerging from sixty years of war, travel to the remote rivers locked in the mountains of Colombia is just becoming possible. In August of 2017 the last container of FARC weapons was turned over to the U.N. and a month later the ELN signed their first ever ceasefire since 1964. Actions such as these seemingly represent an official close to the war. However, what we have seen in the last generation of post-war conflict is the uncertainty of post-war societies and what type of groups will emerge from the so-called power vacuum left behind by the FARC. These groups attempting to fill the void left behind present possible challenges in navigating the remote countryside where often the whitewater rivers and “cocaleros” seem to coexist.

Jules Domine - Southern Columbia
Jules Domine - Southern Colombia

Stay tuned to see how the story of whitewater and Southern Colombia collide.

Photos - Jules Domine

Inspired by the world-class quality whitewater in the first descent of the Rio Margua last November, Jules Domine, Ben Stookesberry and Lane Jacobs will attempt to descend three of Colombia’s hydro-logical arteries from the headwaters. "


The Gear that Made This Possible