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December 09, 2010

Rounding the Horn (in a Kayak)

Cape Horn On New Year's Day 2011, Justine Curgenven and her partner, Barry Shaw, will embark on a 1,000-mile journey around Tierra del Fuego, at South America's southern tip. Oh, and they're going to do it in a kayak.

The pair hopes to be the first to ever successfully kayak the length of this treacherous route. Before the Panama Canal was built, rounding Tierra del Fuego via Cape Horn was perhaps the world's most dangerous shipping path. A hundred years later, not much has changed. Curgenven and Shaw will have to contend with strong winds, mammoth waves, jagged rocks, and frigid temperatures during their 70-day paddle along the archipelago's rugged coastline.

Curgenven is a member of Team Kokatat, and isn't its first member to attempt this daunting feat; another Kokatat-sponsored expedition launched last year but had to be aborted due to nasty weather. To learn more about the preparation for the voyage, visit Curgenven's blog.

--Ronny Smith

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