American Whitewater

Whitewater Philosophy by Doug Ammons

Looking for some thoughts on the inner side of whitewater? Look no further than the recently released "Whitewater Philosophy" by world-class kayaker Doug Ammons, who has soloed such hair-raising Class V+ expedition runs as Alaska's Susitna and Canada's Grand Canyon of the Stikine.

In his second book, Ammons, who has notched dozens of first descents throughout the northern Rockies and multiple first descent expeditions around the world, pulls together 27 essays from both his published and unpublished pieces dealing with topics at the core of the sport, from epic high-water runs down the North Fork Payette to swimming with an otter on the Lochsa River. One section even dives into how he treats whitewater kayaking as a martial art (don't mess: he's also a black belt in several martial arts). The essays deal with confronting limits and knowing ourselves, with risk, where fear comes from and how it can be overcome, with craziness, death and challenge, soloing, the real measure of skill, the bonds between partners, and much more.

Doug donates all the proceeds of his book here to supporting the Dunai Boarding School in Nepal. An institution located in a remote region the size Western Montana that otherwise has no other school. Doug has been helping to support the school since encountering it during a 1995 trip down the Thule Bheri. Not only will your purchase of this book support protecting rivers here in the US but your purchase of Doug's book will go towards funding the next generation of river stewards in Nepal. To learn more about this area in Nepal and how you can help check out

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