Zero Emissions Expeditions
Gas tanks? No thanks!
Since 1997, Rod Wellington has bicycled more than 25,000km, including continental crossings of North America and Australia. Rod has also logged over 13,000km of river travel, including source-to-sea descents of the Mississippi River (USA), the Murray River (Australia) and the Missouri-Mississippi river system (USA).
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On April 2, 2013, Rod Wellington became the first Canadian (and first North American) to kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea, a distance of 3800 miles/6100km. The solo journey took 256 days to complete. Australian paddler Mark Kalch is the only other person to successfully kayak the Missouri-Mississippi river system from source to sea. Kalch completed his descent in October 2012.
The Missouri-Mississippi river system is the longest river system in North America and the 4th longest in the world.
Stage One of Rod’s Magnificent Seven Expedition is now complete. Six more rivers to go!
Find out more about the amazing Mark Kalch at www.markkalch.com.
Photo by Dale Sanders
The Magnificent Seven Expedition
A quest to paddle, from source to sea, the longest river system on each of the world’s seven continents
Beginning in June 2012, Canadian self-propelled adventurer Rod Wellington will embark on a grand-sized, multi-stage, decade-spanning journey that will see him descend six of the world’s longest river systems from source to sea as well as one very short, very cold river in Antarctica. Rod’s epic quest will take him to each of the world’s seven continents, where, as part of a team or going it alone, he will search out the humble beginnings of each continent’s longest river system and follow its winding course to its respective saltwater merger. Using human power alone, Rod plans to travel on foot, raft and kayak, covering each metre of every river without the aid of motorized transport. Along the way, the Magnificent Seven Expedition is sure to present Rod with an unending array of mental, physical and logistical challenges – all duly balanced by a healthy surplus of satisfying successes and profound personal insights. Sharing these insights and experiences with the public through multi-media presentations will be one of the many ongoing facets of the Magnificent Seven Expedition. read more
KFBB, Channel 5, Great Falls, Montana – July 29, 2012
Use the ZEE Tracker to pinpoint Rod’s position on the river.
Weekly updates from the river will appear on the ZEE Blog.
My good friend Kelly Armstrong has been hard at work designing a website for
the Magnificent Seven Expedition. Check it out here.