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West Hansen

About West

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Explorer's Club

The Explorer's Club

In 2012, at age 50, West Hansen began leading expeditions in the legendary faraway places of our ever-shrinking world. Fueled by the lure of a daily existence devoid of constant electronic input while traveling at a natural pace, the expeditions also seek out routes that have yet to be attained by others, though often attempted. While his primary mode is through canoe and kayak paddling, given his extensive history of ultra-marathon canoe racing, expeditions based on terra firma are on the horizon.

As a member of the prestigious Explorers Club https://explorers.org , West has access to the greatest living modern day explorers and archives of the most notable historical expeditions. His private library includes rare first editions of publications and maps from expeditions to both poles, in the Amazon and the Northwest Passage.

In spite of his goal to seek refuge from the onslaught of constant immediate electronic input, West has this website to provide information, education, entertainment and perhaps a bit of a spark for anyone interested in getting out there and experiencing the world at its own pace.

Expeditions

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The National Geographic Amazon Express Expedition

West led the first expedition to paddle the world’s longest river from its newly discovered and most distant source from the Peruvian Andes, almost 4200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil.

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Volga River Expedition

West Hansen and Jeff Wueste were the first to kayak Europe’s longest river, from source to sea. The Volga, located entirely in Russia, spans 2200 miles from the Valdai Hills near St. Petersburg to the Caspian Sea.

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Northwest Passage

In the summer of 2019, the Arctic Cowboys will kayak the entire 1900 mile Northwest Passage with lies within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago boundaries of Baffin Bay and the Beaufort Sea. The team of three solo kayakers will be the first to navigate the historic route in one season by kayak. The Passage was made famous by Franklin, Rae and Amundsen.

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