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 in the Peruvian Andes, almost 4,200 miles to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil.
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 2,200 miles from the Valdai Hills near St. Petersburg to the Caspian Sea.
In the summer of 2019, the Arctic Cowboys will kayak the entire 1,900-mile Northwest Passage, which lies within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago boundaries of Baffin Bay and the Beaufort Sea. The team of three solo paddlers will become the first to kayak the historic route in one season. Sir John Franklin, John Rae and Roald Amundsen made the passage famous.