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A film, photo, and scientific documentary expedition in southern siberia along the 3rd longest free-flowing river in the world by an all-woman team.
Nobody's River Project
Carbondale, Colorado
United States
1 Team Member

Welcome to the Nobody's River Project Fundraising campaign!  

We are so glad you are here! We need your help to raise the last third of our project funding for this timely and globally significant project.  We cannot do it without you. Spread the word, spread the NBR love, and donate if you can.  Every single dollar, every share, every like, every tweet, and every word of support helps us enormously.  Read below for the story and ways you can join the fun.  Thank you for visiting us and sharing in our excitement! 

In Gratitude,

Sabra, Becca, Amber & Krystle

Mongolia or Bust!


The Project

“The Amur River is a vivid reminder of the rich biodiversity an untamed river can support. We are excited to support this brave team of Young Explorers grantees in exploring this important ecosystem, in true National Geographic fashion."—Rebecca Martin, Director of National Geographic's Expeditions Council.

Our all-woman team of four is attempting to travel the length of the third longest free-flowing river in the world—the Amur, in the Summer of 2013. We will be documenting it through moving and still images, as well as gathering scientific data on this rare example of a massive free-flowing river. 

Project Deliverables Include:

  • Documentation of this rare and wild ecosystem
  • A film to premiere in Spring 2014
  • Scientific data collection focusing on indicator fish species, floodplains, and water quality  
  • Photography of the entire journey
  • Blogs and updates as we travel
  • Celebration of wild and free-flowing rivers
  • Helping more people fall in love with rivers

For more specifics on the project go to: www.nobodysriver.org/project


Who We Are

Our expedition team is made up of four untamed women—a River Ecologist, a Grand Canyon Guide, a Wilderness Physican Assistant, and an Adventure Photographer. 

Our team brings decades of experience in expedition leadership, river running, international travel, remote medicine, scientific inquiry, conservation, and publishing. We each have a profound passion for free flowing rivers and wild places. As a team we have spent much of our lives working, playing, and loving the beautiful, but poorly managed rivers of our own backyard. We are honored and inspired by the opportunity to see what our now-dammed rivers must have been like 100 years ago

Ultimately, it is not just us four. Our team includes the broad community that loves and celebrates wild rivers, our sponsors, and all those wonderful people who are supporting us on this journey! Welcome to the community! And thank you so much for being a part of the Nobody's River Project.

For more information on our team go to: www.nobodysriver.org/team

Why This Matters

The Amur Basin is a global treasure. It is widely claimed as the most biodiverse watershed in Asia and has not a single dam along it's entire length. This makes the Amur a crucial baseline for the management of all large rivers. As one of the few rivers with a clean slate, it could become a model for sound management of water resources worldwide. Now is the time to document these few remaining examples of untamed rivers while they still continue to flow freely. 

Here are a few more reasons this project matters. 

  • Free flowing rivers are an endangered species: "Of the world’s 177 largest rivers, only one-third are free flowing, and just 21 rivers longer than 1,000 km retain a direct connection to the sea." -International Rivers
  • Dams are destructive: "Damming has led to species extinctions, loss of prime farmland and forests, social upheaval, loss of clean water supplies, dessicated wetlands, destroyed fisheries and more."-International Rivers
  • The Dam Frenzy continues: A global dam boom currently threatens the remaining free rivers and river segments.
  • The Clean Water Crisis continues: An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide have inadequate access to clean water.
  • When we love something we protect it. As a celebration of free-flowing rivers, this project also seeks to help more people fall in love with free-flowing rivers. Because when we love and value something, we will protect it at all costs. 

Learn about the Amur River here: www.nobodysriver.org/watershed

Learn about wild rivers across the globe here: http://www.internationalrivers.org/


Help a Sister Out & Get Some Awesome Rewards

This project is a huge feat to undertake.  We have been working towards this goal for two years and have now secured two-thirds of our budget via sponsorship and private donations. Between expedition logistics, plane tickets, scientific equipment, expedition gear, filming, photograpy, editing of the film, and media our budget totals over $90,000.  The good news is we've raised more than two-thirds of this already!

We need YOUR HELP for the last one-third. So please donate if you are so inspired and able. Every single dollar counts and we greatly value all suport we recieve—moral, fiscal, and social.  That is why every single donor will have their name listed on our website Supporters page at the end of the campaign. 

All funding will go directly to the project. This includes expedition costs, filming and photography, scientific data collection, and the production of the film. 

Thank you in advance for your support!


Other Ways You Can Help

Here are a few small additional things you can do that make a huge impact for us: 

  • Help us get the word out! Email, twitter, facebook, word of mouth—share the love any and every way you are able!
  • Like us on Facebook. 
  • Follow our Journey this summer through our blog and the National Geographic Adventure web site. 
  • Send us lots of good energy, positive thoughts, and your moral support as we make this epic journey.  

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We have been blown over by the incredible community that has rallied around us. Each and every word of encouragement, share on facebook or twitter, donation, high five, and positive thought means the world to us. So thank YOU for being a part of this project and our community in whatever way you are able.   

Enormous thanks to our core team of supporters and sponsors: National Geographic, NRS, Polartec, Eddie Bauer, Keen, Under Solen, Goal Zero, Remote Medical Internatonal, Watershed Drybags, Probar, Trak KayaksGirls at Play, International RiversJustin Clifton, and Jake Marty.  

And an extra special thanks to those who donated product for this fundraiser to support us above and beyond: Keen, NRS, Polartec, Eddie Bauer, Goal Zero, and Watershed Drybags.  

A huge thank you from each of us for your support!

Becca, Sabra, Amber & Krystle 



You can also email us at info@nobodysriver.org with any questions, thoughts, or words of encouragement. We would love to hear from you!

Winding River


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  • $1USD
    Big Shoutout + Gratitude

    You get your name listed on our website as a donor, heaps of gratitude, and the knowledge that you are helping us document one of the last great free flowing rivers left on this planet. Every dollar is a huge help and every contribution means the world to us!

    41 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $30USD
    2 Custom Die Cut NBR Stickers

    You will get two NBR Ancient Mongolian Stamp Die Cut Sticker + a Shoutout on our Website + heaps of gratitude. These stickers are red just like the logo and look fantastic on your favorite water bottle, mug, kayak, computer, car or anything else really.

    87 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    Postcard from NBR with Love

    You will get a Custom Postcard Sent with Love from the NBR Team + a Shoutout on our Website + heaps of gratitude! Nothing says love like good ole fashioned parcel and post!

    26 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $65USD
    Keen Socks + 2 NBR Stickers

    You will get a pair of high quality Keen socks + a fabulous NBR custom die cut sticker in red + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. Keep your toesies warm, dry and stylish! http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/socks/

    26 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Waist Throwbag + Cam Straps

    You will get a rockin' NRS pro guardian waist throwbag + a set of four 1" NRS cam straps (Sizes 4', 6', 9', and 12') + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. You can never have too many cam straps or too many throw bags! http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=1828.1

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Keen Shoes

    You will get a Keen shoe card from which you can order a pair of keen shoes of your choice in your size online + a shoutout on our website + lots of gratitude. Get a new pair of kicks just in time for summer! Check out all of their styles at http://www.keenfootwear.com/.

    30 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Messenger Bag or Backpack

    Another steal! You will get a new bag from either Keen or Eddie Bauer + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. Possible bags include Eddie Bauer First Ascent Messenger Lite bag, Alchemist Backpack, Challenger backpack, and Keen Harvest III Messenger bag. Check them out here: http://www.eddiebauer.com http://www.keenfootwear.com/

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    EXCLUSIVE NBR Team Trucker Hat

    You will get a NBR Custom Team Hat + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. We had custom team hats made by the guys over at Blowfish Designs in Aspen, CO and we LOVE them! We think you will too. There aren't many so get 'em while their hot! http://www.blowfishdesignco.com/gallery/

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    NRS PFD + Watershed Dry Bag

    You will get a super stylish NRS Ninja Life Jacket in blue + a bomber Watershed Dry Bag + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. Dry bag will either be a Salmon Stowe float or Large Tote. Check out both products here: http://www.nrsweb.com & http://www.drybags.com/

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Solar Kit + Jacket + Hat

    You will get a Goal Zero Solar Charging Kit + a First Ascent BC-200 Hard Shell Jacket (in your size) + a cozy Polartec beanie in blue grey + a shoutout on our website + heaps of gratitude. The kit will either be a Sherpa or Switch 8 solar charging kit. These kits are absolutely amazing portable solar power kits. Stay charged up on the river, trail, or road. These are the same kits we will be using on the expedition. Check 'em out! http://www.goalzero.com/

    6 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    First Ascent Camping Package

    You will get an Eddie Bauer First Ascent 2-person Stargazer tent, an igniter 20+ sleeping bag. This is a rocking package full of goodies to get you outside more and playing harder this summer!

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Exclusive NBR Photo Print

    This is the VIP package and truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will get a custom 20" x 24" print of your choice from the expedition by Krystle Wright Photography + the opportunity to talk with one of the NBR team members by phone or skype post-expedition about the trip + listing as a title donor on our website and film credits+ our undying love. These photos are sure to be stunning. You will be contacted by October 1st, 2013 to choose your print. *** Frame not included.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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