Japan Kayaking Expedition, Disaster Relief

Posted on August 25, 2011

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When kayaker and photographer Darin McQuoid first started planning his two-week kayak expedition with his crew, things were looking up. Japan has a vast pool of quality rivers, ranging from tight creeks to raging rivers.

Japan neighborhood, after the earthquake and tsunami. (Photo: Darin McQuoid/First Ascent)

Japan neighborhood, after the earthquake and tsunami. (Photo: Darin McQuoid/First Ascent)

Then, two months after tickets were bought and the trip was dialed, the earthquake and tsunami occurred and they were face with the inevitable –should I stay or should I go, now?

As you’ll see through the gallery, they went –and scored a kayaking and feel-good trip of a lifetime.

Kayaking some of the best rivers and creeks Japan has to offer. (Photo: Darin McQuoid/First Ascent)

Kayaking some of the best rivers and creeks Japan has to offer. (Photo: Darin McQuoid/First Ascent)

Thanks to local guide Yoshihiro Takahashi, they found plenty of falls and fun, technical paddling. When they weren’t on-water, they contributed to the disaster clean-up and discovered how a little tourism and assistance can help heal a community.

Check out the rest of Darin McQuoid’s photos from this trip at VentureThere.com and the First Ascent blog, which also includes a report from the scene. at the.

Justin Gural is an editor and contributor for VentureThere.coma member of USA TODAY’s Travel Alliance which covers adventure sports, active travel and the outdoor lifestyle.


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