Higginbotham Brothers Brothers Ryan and Casey Higginbotham paddling for 7 months, unassisted,from Alaska to Mexico. Recently completed US to Cabo.
Grateful to be featured on Outside Magazine’s digital publication. Andrew Lewis tells a story that we haven’t yet shared, and goes deeper into the psychology of the journeys before, during, and after. If you’re interested in checking it out, the link is copied into the profile.
Photos: @colin_nearman @barkboards@watershed_drybags@voltaicsystems
9571622 hours ago
In 2016 I walked into my friend Kellen Keene’s office and told him that Casey and I were going to Alaska in a couple of weeks. I asked if he wanted to drop us off and document our story. 12 days later the three of us left San Luis Obispo and drove north to Alaska. It’s been nearly three years since that decision sent us down a path to create a film that we will release later this fall. Thanks Kellen for your vision and believing in this from the start. Here is a short teaser including some of the voices that speak to the journey. Thank you to all that have supported these efforts. More to come. @kellyslater@jamie_mitcho@thetorpedopeople@jimmy_chin patrick cullen @toddhannigan
7596321 January, 2019
When we stopped at this surf hostel in San Isidro we met Julio Mesa. Having fished along mush of this coast he gave us a rundown of what would be some of the toughest sections yet to come, and of course the best spots to catch an extra meal. Wind and swell always prove to be the real concerns when paddling the coastline. Baja’s got plenty of it.
406317 January, 2019
And this is how we got to that Day 5 state of mind in Bufadora. #karma
206817 January, 2019
Especially in this time there are so many preconceived notions about this country and the people who make their lives here. The immigration issue has cultivated some negative and overstretched fallacies. Undoubtedly problems exist here and in any country, which tend to be the focal points in most of our news feeds. I only speak on this from our experience. We showed up into towns with nothing to give back yet the generosity and compassion of the people we encountered was second to none. Casey and I both made friends we will have for the rest of our lives. The stories of long fishing lineage and dedication only highlight what we experienced from hanging with, and learning from these folks. Muchas gracias a todos las personas que conocimos. Nunca lo olvidaremos. 🇲🇽 #baja#familiadeamigos#bambi
5923215 January, 2019
Landing in Cabo was such a bizarre experience. The beaches were packed, just getting ashore took numerous turns around the the chaos of pangas and ships. The scene highlighted a massive contrast between what most of the tourists see when they come down to Baja and the Baja we experienced over the past couple of months.
We went from small fish camps and desolate beaches into the tourist hub of the peninsula. Without a doubt civilization feels good when you have drinking water readily available, food, a bed to sleep in. Though the real impactful experiences for us and I think others who have explored this region lie far outside of the most heavily visited cities. A massive thank you is in order to of course @barkboards , @voltaicsystems systems, for keeping us charged so we could document the whole thing! @mtnhouse , who helped us fuel us throughout the expedition, and of course @watershed_drybags dry bags, because your team has made bomb proof bags that have now handled 3,300 miles of beatings and water time!
5252211 January, 2019
We made our final paddle into Cabo San Lucas today. This marks 3,300 miles covered in two paddle journeys from Ketchikan Alaska to Tijuana in 2016, and this stretch covering the final 1,100 miles to Cabo.
The generosity we’ve received from the people here, the learning experiences between bouts with hunger and challenging conditions have finally come to a close.
I feel like if you really want to learn something about another place, another culture, yourself and your own will to succeed, the best strategy is to dive in and go for it; Total immersion.
There are not many feelings that beat the accomplishment of a goal with your brother by your side.
1,7311722 January, 2019
We could finish in two days from here, but we’re waiting for a couple friends who are flying in on the 1st. On January 2nd we’ll paddle around the Arch of Cabo San Lucas and come ashore.
It feels like the right timing. Our tents are breaking down, the plastic racks that we strap the bags onto are damaged from a number of shore break landings, and the bodies need a few days out of the water to heal up. Regardless, it feels damn good to be so close. #homestretch
7875230 December, 2018
Our end goal is near, but we will continue to take each day as it comes and stay present without thinking too far ahead. Wrapping up this 1,100 mile journey in about a week and hoping our last few days on the water and nights spent in the desert are just as eye opening as our first couple days in this country. Onwards 🇲🇽📷: @colin_nearman
4551226 December, 2018
A sight from inside the mangroves around Adolfo Lopez Mateo. Narrow pathways of water ran through lush vegetation like veins on a leaf and made for some beautiful scenery during this stretch of our journey. Every day paddling is a test physically and mentally leaving little time for rest breaks, but on this stretch we felt compelled to soak in our surroundings and our experiences thus far. 🎥: @who_coryjones
3181023 December, 2018
Dusk over Puerto San Carlos. Not a bad place to watch winter sunsets and enjoy cold Tecates from the locals 🍻📷: @colin_nearman#35mm#film
26602 hours ago
After a week without a rudder. Casey was finally able to get one from the guys when they came down to film a few days ago. Without the rudder and using a small replacement fin from a surfboard, paddling in any wind became difficult. The bags made a large profile for the wind, which constantly turned the board perpendicular to its direction. We switched off paddling it every hour, and used a few techniques to keep the board on the right axis. This definitely slowed us down for a stretch, but we left San Carlos two days ago with less than two weeks until the finish!