Go behind the scenes with expert kayaker Steve Fisher and his team as they run the Inga Rapids in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the biggest and highest volume of rapids in the world...
In Congo: The Grand Inga Project, kayaker and filmmaker Steve Fisher and his team attempt the epic first descent of the world's biggest rapids.
They are the world's highest-volume rapids, channelling 1.6 million cubic feet per second and thundering down the final pitch as the mighty Congo River empties into the ocean. For centuries, explorers have tried to conquer these rapids, but none succeeded.
"It would be insanity in a successor," wrote famed explorer Henry M. Stanley, in 1877, after his right-hand man drowned attempting to run the Inga Rapids. "There's nothing shameful in portaging," said Col. Blashford-Snell about his team’s highly publicized attempt in 1974. And popular French TV host Philippe De Dieuleveult never had the chance to comment, as the entire team who attempted the rapids with him, mysteriously vanished in 1985.
Congo: The Grand Inga Project chronicles Steve Fisher’s elite expedition team as they battle seemingly insurmountable obstacles, navigate the confusing politics of the volatile country, and face their own worst fears in an attempt to be the first explorers ever to survive the Inga Rapids.
“This is a river like no other and these rapids were a big step more difficult than we'd anticipated,” says Fisher, recalling 20-foot breaking waves, deadly whirlpools, and basketball court-sized hydraulics. "We may have survived these rapids, but somehow we feel more humbled than proud."
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