Inside the "Impossible" Journey
The goal was straightforward enough: to sea kayak 800 miles [1,287 kilometers] of the Vietnamese coast, from the limestone islands of Ha Long Bay to the beaches south of Da Nang.
Straightforward or not, the journey was something that had never before been attempted. And it couldn't be done, according to the government.
But writer Jon Bowermaster did it. The proof is in "The 'Impossible' Journey," in the March 2003 Adventure magazine—and in these exclusive photos and dispatches from the expedition.
An Adventure contributing editor, Bowermaster has dog-sledded the Antarctic, paddled the Aleutians, and run an untested Chinese river. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Atlantic, and a new book, Birthplace of the Winds: Storming Alaska’s Islands of Fire and Ice (preview).
A BBC producer until recently, Getzels is on his first staff assignment for EXPLORER.
Born near Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Nguyen fled Saigon with her family on the last day of the Vietnam War, in 1975. Since then she has studied at Tulane and Harvard University, worked with UNICEF, and visited Vietnam 20 times.
While Nguyen’s father was flying helicopters for the South Vietnamese Army, Green’s father was based in Da Nang, fighting with U.S. Army troops.
The Canadian-born Howard’s work has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and other major magazines.