In His Own Words: Doug Ammons On Jeff West

My boat was trapped in an undercut wall and after trying everything I could, I finally pulled the plug. I recirculated multiple times into the undercut, but washed out, swam into the center. With Jeff’s help I made it to an eddy right above Wasson’s hole.

After long challenging and making mincemeat of the world’s best, from John Wasson on its first descent in 1981 (and the christening of the name “Wasson’s Hole”) to Bob McDougall’s near-death in 1989, leading to his essay, “Drowning,” in Patagonia’s catalog – the Stikine River claimed its first life this year, that of Jeff West, 42, owner of Chattanooga’s Ace Kayaking School, on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Read: In His Own Words, Doug Ammons On Jeff West’s Death on the Stikine.