Adventure Impact

Challenge 113

Follow Cotopaxi’s Challenge 113 where they we are sailing from Key West to Cuba and then kayaking back to Florida while doing good in the process.


Cotopaxi has launched an annual international expedition called Challenge 113. For the inaugural adventure, a small team of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and adventurers are sailing from Key West to Cuba and then kayaking back to Florida – a distance of 113 miles. While in Cuba, the team will be meeting with local entrepreneurs, learning their stories, and volunteering as mentors and thought partners to help them advance their goals.

Below you will find a feed of pictures, tweets, and blog posts that provide a look at their experience in Cuba, preparation for the paddle, and the crossing. Follow their live tracking link here.

Want to get involved? Challenge yourself to complete 113 miles of any human-powered activity by 11/3. Our partners will donate 10 cents for every mile you bike, 25 cents for every mile you walk/run. Sign up here!


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Last night a little after 10 pm, 35 hours after pushing off from Marina Hemingway in Cuba, we landed on the shores of Key West, Florida. It was an overwhelming feeling hitting land – a few paddlers immediately fell into the water, unable to stand. But exactly 24-hours earlier, the outcome was decidedly less certain. Six-foot swells and complete darkness had forced the five kayaks in to a tight swarm around one of our support ships. In the shuffle, our kayak caught a swell and was pulled under the bow of the ship. The fiberglass kayak made a loud crunch, pain shot through my leg and we capsized. We swam the kayak through the swell to the second support ship, to salvage it and continue. Once flipped back over, Davis climbed in. The swell overpowered the kayak again and took Davis down with it, slamming the kayak back into the support boat. Davis soon retuned to the ship, but the kayak wouldn't. It literally broke in half and sank. The next two hours would see a number of kayaks and paddlers go overboard. The conditions would remain too dangerous to re-enter, but we kept moving forward with one remaining kayak in the water, which would ultimately complete the crossing. Several hours later as the swells dissipated, Davis and I were able to safely return to the water and complete the remainder of the journey, paddling 90 miles over the 35 hours. An intense bond has formed with my fellow paddlers and our selfless support. You will forever be a part of me. And to our support at home, specifically my wife @thingsdaily, thank you for your messages and prayers, they sustained us through dark, lonely moments. And to my partner and friend @davismsmith, I love you. Thank you for this amazing gift. #challenge113 #cubakayak #mckayaking

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Ow. #cubakayak #challenge113 #ConnectedStates

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cheering our paddlers for the last mile…

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the kayakers are about 2 miles from land and it's pitch black… they're paddling toward the lights of Key West, what a feat!

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24-hours from this minute the two of us will push our kayaks off the dock in Havana and begin a 30 to 40 hour paddle across the Atlantic to Key West. If successful, we'll be the first to accomplish the feat. Cuban officials have been amazingly supportive and are actively working towards a successful journey with us. The Cuban nation kayak team will be warming up with us tomorrow morning, in fact, and they're actually holding a press conference later today to celebrate our journey. We'll be accompanied by 8-other paddlers that range from Olympic gold medalists and world record holders to journalists wanting to be close to the experience, if even for a time. We have two support boats who will be standing by if needed. @davismsmith and I will be attempting an unassisted paddle between the two countries, meaning no physical contact with the ships. The weather is still an unknown, but after all we've come through for this trip over the last 7-months, I have faith we'll come through. Here goes… #Cuba #cubakayak #challenge113 #mckayaking

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Good morning Havana. #cuba #gearforgood #cubakayak #challenge113

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we're here with the greatest group in the world to travel with… never a dull moment and nonstop adventure

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We're in Trinidad this morning. This place just feels ancient. #Cuba #cubakayak #challenge113

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Waiting for the green light. #challenge113 #cubakayak

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Cuban press badge. Hell yes. #ConnectedStates #cubakayak #challenge113

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Watching these fisherman was mesmerizing. #cubakayak #challenge113

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Sunrise over Havana Bay. #Cuba #cubakayak #challenge113

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Sunrise over El Morro in La Habana. #challenge113 #cubakayak

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#Cuba #cubakayak #challenge113

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Old Havana #challenge113 #cubakayak

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|press play| for a typical ride down any street in Havana

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from yesterday. these two will ride tandem and make the #challenge113 as a team in the same kayak in just a few days @jacoste @jwallred

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We arrived in Cuba! The Havana skyline is visible in the background. #challenge113 #cubakayak #gearforgood

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Vamanos. #cubakayak #challenge113 #connectedstates #wereunderway

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And we're off – A Cuba Vamos! #challenge113 #capinBob #sunluver

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As far as the eye can see… Havana in 15 hours #challenge113 #cubakayak #mckayaking

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And we're off to Cuba with @gearforgood and #challenge113 Wahoo! #cubakayak

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So, I'm about to voyage to #Cuba in this crazy boat with a group of fellow crazy people and @gearforgood. The plan is to explore for a few days (or a week, depending on weather) and then kayak back to Florida. It will be 113 miles from one port to the other and we think it will take between 30 and 50 hours of paddling. We'll be in tandem kayaks and yes, we will have support boats. I'm going to do my best to do the whole thing, but if my body gives out on me I won't have an ego about it and I'll let someone sub in for me, relay style. The team goal is more important than my individual goals. We're working with NOAA and are keeping a close eye on developing storms, so we're being as safe as we can be while doing something inherently unsafe. Will probably be offline until I'm back, but will have much to share upon my return. Wish me luck! #cubakayak #challenge113 #connectedstates #kayak #kayaking #imonaboat

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Not a bad view today as we gear up for #challenge113 with @gearforgood and a few others here in Key West, FL.

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