Meet Whitewater Kayaker Chris Korbulic, King of First Descents

Chris Korbulic is a globe-renowned expedition whitewater kayaker

When the pandemic gutted last year’s worldwide expedition designs, I appeared to my Pacific Northwest backyard for inspiration. In Washington’s wild North Cascade Vary I desired to find a section of river that had never been paddled. Inspecting maps and satellite imagery I found myriad trails crisscrossing the selection, opening access to plenty of not often accessed stretches of river.



Two times I hiked with my kayak to scout a series of promising falls at a place termed Agnes Creek just off the Pacific Crest Trail. But drinking water levels ended up under no circumstances suitable. On the 3rd try every thing lastly came together. From the financial institutions of an unnamed 45-foot waterfall, I used 3 hrs researching the fall, reviewing almost everything I’d acquired from a lot more than 100 initially descents of falls all over the earth. By the time I commit to a tumble like this I want to experience as however I’ve previously finished it, because I’ve visualized each and every detail. My girlfriend, who was there observing that day, states I obsess in excess of preparing. She’s correct.

Korbulic is 1 of the world’s most renowned expedition whitewater kayakers and normally takes an obsessive method to arranging. Chris Korbulic


Making my tactic I became enveloped in sunlit mist soaring prior to a moss-coated headwall. At the lip I felt the acceleration of gravity pulling me into a temporary arc, then attractive no cost drop. Simply because the water underneath was so aerated, the landing was truly fairly gentle. My kayak submerged maybe 10 toes. In seconds I was upright at the foundation of the falls. My ideas throughout ended up just about pursuing the techniques of my visualization approach.