PO Box 2299, Corvallis, Oregon 97339
jessecoombs@jessecoombs dot com
Jesse Coombs is one of today's leading adventurers. With calm confidence and a friendly smile Jesse explores the most intriguing and remote corners of the earth. Jesse redefines the limits of adventure travel and whitewater kayaking as he pioneers first descents on previously unthinkable stretches of the worlds most remote and untamed creeks, rivers and waterfalls. Additionally, Jesse brings tremendous technical and business experience providing a unique ability to be a highly capable contributor to any situation.
Countless Self Supported Class V/VI Kayaking First Descents, 60+ foot water falls, canyons, gorges and rivers that allow no exit other than to continue down stream.
Chiapas Mexico: Santo Domingo, 2,200 foot per mile descent, 80ft, 90ft, 60ft, 20ft, 40ft waterfalls, jungles, Guatemalan border patrol, canyon walls, must-run rapids, and 12 year old local drivers that can barely see over the steering wheel of their 1976 Chevy pickup.
Interior Brazil: Traveled deep into interior Sao Paulo, Brazil by burro, boat and difficult hiking. Inebriated locals and a complete lack of rural road signs proved to be our only compass to un-run waterfalls and slides that consume entire mountainsides. First descents include: Rio Preto Escohego, Pocao Bo Pu Maromba, Campo Belo in Itatia National Park, Rio Cunha, Rio Cachoeirihima, Rio Corrente, Rio Camanducaia, Capavari, Airuouca, Fumaca de Fumaca..
Colombia: Rio Buey: jungles, canyon walls, cocaine traffickers, machetes, hidden camps, must-run 60 foot waterfall and a river that drops between hotel sized boulders as it turns North into a committed gorge held siege by Paramilitary on the right bank known for taking prisoners as ransom and Leftist Guerillas on the left bank who have traded farming tools for automatic machine guns wanting to grow coffee instead of cocaine.
US Team Finalist, Camel Trophy Tierra Del Fuego 1998
Favikens Egendom, Are, Sweden May 1998
* Skills include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter survival, avalanche safety, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, physical endurance and strength, leadership and problem solving, navigation by aerial maps, GPS & compass, wilderness first aid and CPR, four-wheel driving, mechanical and rope skills. Proficiency at all skills is a must and many will be called upon simultaneously while sleep deprived to negotiate mental and physical hardships.
Filled with innumerable class 5/6 first descent rivers in Colombia, Brazil and Chiapas Mexico, this landmark film presents Jesse Coombs and Ben Stookesberry as they explore deeper and tougher whitewater and terrain than previously thought possible. They more than double the record feet per mile descent (formerly 900 feet per mile) to 2,200 feet per mile in Chiapas Mexico on the Santo Domingo, and time and time again redefine realm of kayaking consciousness on slides and falls in interior Brazil.
Feature Article, Kayak Session Magazine 2006
Photos, quotes and feature article based on Brazil first descents. Jesse Coombs is highlighted as probing many big descents in Brazil.
Top Adventurer, Paddler Magazine 2006
Photo, quotes and article based on Chiapas Mexico first descent. Jesse Coombs and Ben Stookesberry have changed the realm of possibility on travertine waterfall descents.
Record Gradient First Descent, Kayak Magazine 2006
Photo and article based on Santo Domingo first descent, Chiapas Mexico. With 80 foot waterfalls stacked on top of each other as common place on the Santo Domingo, Jesse Coombs and Ben Stookesberry present a stretch of river that has captured the attention of the entire outdoor community.
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