93°F
weather icon Clear

Man to kayak 340 miles on Colorado River to raise funds for charities

Hoover Dam was the epicenter of the kayaking community Friday as the Bow South Expedition began its 340-mile kayak trek down the Colorado River to the Mexican border to raise funds for charity.

James Hermes, who’s the team leader and organizer for the Bow South Expedition, said he started the expedition because of his insatiable lust for kayaking.

The voyage will take the crew through six dams, three wildlife refuges and two giant lakes before ending at the Morelos Dam just inside Mexico’s border, according to Hermes.

“I really just wanted to get a long trip under my belt,” Hermes said. “I announced my original trip last year in January 2014, and when I returned, I had emails from people all over the world about my trip.”

He set off with two friends, before completing his inaugural Colorado River trip solo in November 2014.

Hermes said after reading those emails, he decided to give his expedition a name and a purpose. The first charity to benefit from his trip was the Sherman Indian Foundation, which supports the educational advancement of students who attend an off-reservation boarding school.

This year’s trip will benefit the Sherman Indian Foundation as well as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hermes decided to add the latter after a family member was recently diagnosed.

The Indio, Calif., resident said the entire trip is self-funded, so 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity. People are able to donate through the expedition’s website, either in one lump sum or per mile.

He announced on his website in January that he would be doing the trip again in November, and received offers from people wanting to accompany him. Hermes has four people joining his expedition this year from Hoover Dam.

“The reason I do it in November is because it’s not really that cold yet,” Hermes said. “There’s less power boat traffic on the river (at that time).”

Two people will be trekking with the expedition for the first 12 miles of the trip, hopping off at Willow Beach.

The other two kayakers, a father and son combo, will travel the first 64 miles of the trip, ending their route at Davis Dam, just north of the Laughlin-Bullhead City area.

The 41-year old will finish the trip solo. Members of his crew as well as his family will be at the end of the route to pick him up. He said he expects the journey to take about 16 days.

Hermes said the expedition has an agreement with Border Patrol that won’t cause any issue with him being brought back to the U.S.

Stops at the six dams between Hoover Dam and the Mexican border will allow Hermes to set up camp and refuel with food and water.

Although all of his camping gear fits in his kayak, Hermes does have two “food drop” sites where he replenishes his food and water supplies to make the journey possible.

The expedition has raised just under $500 dollars combined for the charities, although Hermes expects more money to come in after the event is over. He also said a few businesses have pledged to donate 25 cents per mile.

To track Hermes and the Bow South Expedition, visit www.riverbroncs.com.

— Contact reporter Randy Faehnrich at rfaehnrich@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow him on Twitter @RandyFaehnrich.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Potters’ attempts to stay busy to aid disaster victims

The quarantine due to COVID-19 has caused an unexpected effect among local ceramic artists: a surplus of wares they made while trying to keep themselves occupied when confined to their homes.

Pandemic fallout interfered with lobbyists

The biannual state legislative gathering has ended, and it has been a so-so event as far as veterans’ issues are concerned. Assembly Bill 22 was signed by the governor. It instructs the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to develop a transition assistance program to help veterans reintegrate into civilian life. And Assembly Bill 76 authorizes the department to establish and operate programs to provide adult day care services to veterans using federal funds. These laws represent a good outcome for veterans in the Silver State.

St. Jude’s healing center plans advance

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s latest master plan amendment was approved, and the organization is hoping to break ground this year on its proposed healing center for victims of sex trafficking.

Spoil dad with gourmet hamburgers

With Father’s Day just around the corner, may I suggest giving dear old dad what he really wants: an amazing hamburger. Seriously, who doesn’t love a big, tender, juicy burger? Except for a few vegetarians, every dad I know would agree.

Mail letters to local Olympians to show support

With restrictions in place on attendance by family members and spectators at the 2020 Olympics due to COVID-19, Team USA has created a way for Boulder City to support its athlete, Alexis “Lexi” Lagan, who will be competing in Tokyo this July.

Passage through rapids was a ‘winch’

Anson Call, the man who was instrumental in establishing the community of Fort Callville, later just Callville, about seven miles upriver of Black Canyon to serve as a seaport for steamboats going back and forth on the Colorado River, had a vision for something on a more grand scale.

Thespians earn state honors

The Nevada Thespians recently recognized a Boulder City High School graduating senior with the Outstanding Technical Achievement award. It is given to just one student in the state.

Ask questions before hiring contractor

Finding a good contractor can be daunting, especially when home improvement demands are still surging since lockdowns. For this article’s purposes, when I say “contractor” I mean any craftsman, tradesman (i.e. plumber, electrician), handyman, etc. A stunning word of mouth referral is ideal when choosing a contractor, but how else can we find Mr. or Ms. Right contractor?