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  405 Miles, South Cove on lake Mead to the U.S. / Mexico Border, November 2 - November 26, 2018 

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 Meet The Team

2018 Bow South Expedition Team Members 


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James Hermes- Indio, CA

Expedition Team Leader

James is an expedition kayaker, kayak racer, and founded the Bow South Expedition. He served as the team leader during the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 expeditions.  He's been kayaking for 7 years and his previous experiences include racing in the Cal 100, Hal Rossoff Classic, Newport Beach, Salton Sea NSX, and races in Big Bear Lake. He has been the featured guest speaker at several paddlefests and kayak club meetings. James has also been a guest instructor at several kayaking and canoeing workshops in Southern California. He also currently hosts a monthly paddlesports oriented podcast called "Wherever There's Water".


During the winter he likes to paddle sections of the Colorado River and kayak surf in the Pacific Ocean during the summer. Amongst his favorite past river trips was kayaking Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons on the Green River and joining an all dory and cateract boat trip in the Grand Canyon.


As well as completing past Bow South Expeditions from start to finish, during the 2014 Bow South he solo paddled 280 miles of the Colorado River from Davis Dam to Morelos Dam and during the 2015 Bow South he soloed 300 miles of the Colorado River from Cottonwood Cove, NV, to Morelos Dam. For the 2016 Bow South he was joined by Terry Gerber for the entire trip down the lower Colorado River and Bob Manthey whom joined him for the section between Hoover Dam and Davis Dam and then from Parker Dam all the way south to Mexico. For the 2017 Bow South Expedition he was joined by Izzy Collett for the entire 340 miles down the lower Colorado River. He's currently self employed as a full time artist and owner of Elk Rack Traders.

James will be again serving as this years expedition team leader. He'll be paddling to raise funds for Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. He's chosen this charity due to the oustanding service that they provided to a family member. He'll again be paddling the entire 340 miles from Hoover Dam to Morelos Dam.


No automatic alt text available.Elizabeth Planteen- Needles, CA

Team Member

Elizabeth Planteen has been kayaking only about 6 years, but has paddled in Costa Rica, Baja California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, San Diego, and down most of the lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to Yuma. She also loves to row rafts through Grand Canyon’s whitewater stretch of the Colorado.  Currently, she works as a driver for Arizona Raft Adventures.  Previous jobs have been working as a river guide in Glen Canyon, also on the Colorado River, and as a tour guide at Grand Canyon’s South Rim.  


Over the years she’s volunteered with various youth organizations including Boy Scouts. She served several years as an Assistant Scoutmaster in Tucson, Arizona Image may contain: Elizabeth Planteen, smiling, standing, outdoor and natureduring the 90’s. Starting in 1999, she volunteered for 13 years for Apache Rescue Team, an Explorer Post located in Springerville, Arizona, which was dedicated to providing at-risk teens with outdoor experiences and wilderness medical training.


Elizabeth is super excited to be included on the 2018 Bow South Expedition’s roster!  “I can’t wait for November 9th!”  she says. 









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