Stand on the Rio Grande | A River Expedition

#StandontheRioGrande | A River Expedition

Texas is dry. Especially these days. The river on its southern border, which separates the US from Mexico for more than 1,000 miles, is at an all-time low, 17 cfs to be exact. Not exactly ideal conditions for a paddling expedition, but hey, some of our drought-plagued locales just have to take what we can get. And despite the low flow, this is one of the most beautiful locations in the US.

When adventure athlete and river paddler Sam Mauldin did his first SUP expedition down the Guadalupe around this time last year, it was his first-ever time on a paddleboard. He and his buddies made the 100-mile stretch in record time, and Mauldin became hooked on the cause. He and five buddies took to the river again in spring for 100 miles of river in seven days in what was purportedly the first self-supported SUP assent through Big Bend National Park down the Rio Grande. This is their story in pictures.

Learn about Mauldin’s first expedition, a self-supported 100-mile assent of the Guadalupe River.

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