Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge
KILLER VIEW: From left, Steve Fisher, Sam Drevo, and Dale Jardin at Victoria Falls, in Zambia. (photosbydes.com)

Mad Descent

Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge
John Bradley

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SCOTT LINDGREN, whose first descent of Tibet’s deadly Tsangpo was chronicled in our July 2002 issue, continues to paddle and film the world’s most dangerous whitewater. His upcoming DVD, Burning Time II (out in May), features first descents in China and Turkey. And during a recent trip to Zambia, where he was working on a film about South African kayak legend Steve Fisher, Lindgren and his crew decided to tackle the Upper Minus rapids, which explode from underneath mile-wide, 355-foot Victoria Falls in a series of Class V+ drops. “It’s one of the most powerful places you could ever stand,” says Lindgren, 34, of the point above the falls (pictured here) where they stopped to scout the river. “Those rapids are as big as it gets.”

The Tsangpo Expedition

CLICK HERE for the complete, blow-by-blow expedition into the Tsangpo Gorge, including daily dispatches from the field, audio and video excerpts, gear profiles, and more.

From Outside Magazine, Apr 2006
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