There are no maps for these adventures. Because they haven’t been written yet. Join Jeep® brand and Outside as they follow Steve Fisher, one of the world’s foremost adventure kayakers, who is carving his own route through the unexplored and living Beyond Adventure.
Steve Fisher has been called the "World's Best All-Round Kayaker" in the world. He's kayaked towering waterfalls, massive waves and been the first to conquer the most outrageous rapids. He first picked up a paddle at age of 6 in his native South Africa and has been finding new ways to challenge himself ever since. Today, he makes movies chronicling his adventures.
— Paddling partner —
Pat Keller grew up on the river. His parents met as raft guides on the Chattanooga River and he's been paddling since he was 6 years old. He's won many competitions, has had first descents over huge waterfalls and was named 2014 Male Paddler of the Year by Canoe & Kayak magazine. He's known throughout the paddling community for his passion for the sport and is a frequent partner of Steve Fisher.
the lost valley of the merced
— Running a forbidden river —
The Merced River is the crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada, and until now, the forbidden fruit of Yosemite. Because it was illegal to paddle in the park and due to the extreme difficulty of the whitewater, the 15-miles of slides and gorges of the headwaters stretch ending at the iconic Nevada Falls remains a holy grail among paddlers.
Overcoming the fiercest whitewater rapids on the planet requires specialized gear to help you stay safe and in control. When Steve first learned how to paddle on the Bushmans River in South Africa, he used traditional kayaking equipment, but technology has come a long way since then. Every ounce counts when it comes to equipment. Steve spends a lot of time finding the lightest and strongest components to serve him well on his bold kayaking expeditions.
Carbon fiber to be light, strong and stiff. High-strength synthetic fiber on the edge of the blade to help prevent wear and tear on the rocks. And an aluminum shaft to add strength and added durability.
Thin-walled plastic shell with carbon fiber main support beam. Lighter weight helps in maneuvering and when Steve has to carry his kayak and his gear 17 miles over the mountains to forbidden rivers.
A combination of carbon fiber, high-strength synthetic fiber and fiberglass with polypropylene foam liner. Steve’s custom helmet is super strong, lightweight and offers heavy-duty protection when taking on the toughest rivers in the world.
Ice-hockey Elbow Pads
Steve bought the ice hockey-style pads after witnessing a friend land on his elbow off a 74-foot waterfall. Steve often uses his elbow pads to body check a rock to achieve the line when running a rapid.
Riding the Rapids