National Geographic Live
Rulers of Class V
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Photo: Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Coombs
Kayakers Ben Stookesberry (left) and Jesse Coombs
Photograph courtesy Cameron Lawson Photography

Last year, kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Coombs took vacations from their day jobs and traveled south of the Rio Grande to check out Class V rivers across Latin America. They made good use of their time: 20 Class V first descents in 30 days in Brazil, plus first descents in Colombia and Mexico. On the Rio Buey, outside Medellín, Colombia, they were warned not to leave the water for fear of running afoul of the guerrillas and paramilitaries that controlled the opposite banks and ended up making a dramatic descent of a 60-foot waterfall instead. Respected filmmakers, they will screen their latest work, Hotel Charley: River of Doubt, offering a riveting look at their journeys around the world. Known as “two ordinary guys doing extraordinary things,” they have become legends in the kayaking world and were named as finalists for National Geographic Adventure magazine’s 2006 Adventurer of the Year award.

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The Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society Headquarters
1600 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
+1 202 857 7700

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