More amazing kayaking photos from Michoacán

Our third and last gallery from the Michoacán expedition features Rafa Ortiz, Dane Jackson and more.
By Kevin McAvoy

Kayakers Rafa Ortiz, Dane Jackson, Joel Kowalski, Seth Ashworth, Ciarán Heurteau and Juanito de Uguarte recently took a trip to Michoacán, Mexico in search of challenging rivers never before paddled.

Their adventures are documented in the First Descent: Michoacán video series, as well as in the many amazing photos in our three-part gallery. Check out the photos below, and continue to gallery one and gallery two for more. Photos and captions by John Rathwell.

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On the hunt
Kayakers Rafa Ortiz, Joel Kowalski and Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
On the hunt There is no shortage of hiking when in search of new waterfalls. The crew walks back from a scouting mission. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Take it to the bridge
Kayakers Rafa Ortiz, Joel Kowalski and Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Take it to the bridge Likely one of the safer-looking bridges the crew had to cross during a day of scouting in Michoacán. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
The Michoacán expedition crew
Kayakers Rafa Ortiz, Joel Kowalski and Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
The Michoacán expedition crew The entire crew of athletes and media pose for a portrait at sunrise. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Back to Veracruz
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Back to Veracruz After finding a river that the crew could not paddle in Michoacán due to it running into the middle of cartel-owned property we had to make a change of plans. We rallied back to Veracruz for a huck fest of some of the best and biggest waterfalls in Mexico. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Pre-run prep
Kayakers Joel Kowalski and Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Pre-run prep Joel and Dane prepare for their day of exploring a new section of river. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Dane paddles into a postcard shot
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Dane paddles into a postcard shot This is why we come to Mexico: beautiful waterfalls, beautiful jungle and picture-perfect moments. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Juanito de Uguarte
Kayaker Juanito de Uguarte on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Juanito de Uguarte Juanito in the middle of a perfect line. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
High fiver
Kayaker Juanito de Uguarte on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
High fiver Stoke all around after Jaunito safely descends this 60-70 foot monster. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Sending it with safety.
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Sending it with safety. Dane sets safety for Rafa as he drops off the edge of a big one. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Ciarán Heurteau
Kayaker Ciarán Heurteau on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Ciarán Heurteau Ciarán runs the biggest waterfall of his life. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
The Kayakers of First Descent: Michoacán
Professional kayak athletes pose for a group shot on their 2013 Michoacan expedition
The Kayakers of First Descent: Michoacán © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Rafa pushes through calm water
Kayaker Rafa Ortiz on a Michoacan Expedition in 2013
Rafa pushes through calm water Ortiz warms up in a flat-water section for the upcoming rapids. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Joel fuels up
Kayaker Joel Kowalski on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Joel fuels up Kowalski with a welcome dinner at Trucha Falls. Why do they call it Trucha (trout) Falls? Because there's a trout farm at the base of the falls. They have an amazing restaurant that serves up the freshest trout -- the reward for running this big drop. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Dane goes under the rainbow
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Dane goes under the rainbow Dane drops into a deep canyon that starts with a 70-foot drop, followed by a 130-footer. They call this beast Tomata 1. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Kowalski cleans the falls
Kayaker Joel Kowalski on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Kowalski cleans the falls Joel takes his shot at Tomata 1 and styles it! © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
Dane Jackson closes out the trip
Kayaker Dane Jackson on a Michoacan Kayak Expedition in 2013
Dane Jackson closes out the trip Dane runs the final drop of his Michoacán expedition; he took this 40m beast after well over an hour of scouting it and setting up safety. The high water made the athletes a little unsure about the entrance, but all went well. © John Rathwell/Red Bull Content Pool
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