ST. LOUIS, Missouri - You don't always need to travel around the world to have a great adventure. Sometimes the most strange and wonderful place in the world is the unexplored body of water in your own backyard. Scott Mestrezat illustrates this well, with his documentary 'Big Muddy Moose', which chronicles his SUP journey down the Missouri, from Montana to St. Louis. To give us insight into his big adventure, we asked him to describe the journey for us.
Words by Scott Mestrezat
On June 7, 2013 I launched my SUP into the cold, clear current at the headwaters of the Missouri in Three Forks, Montana and arrived in St. Louis 2400 miles and 107 days later. About 25 lbs of the 100 pounds of gear and food I carried with me was dedicated to camera gear.
I kept a GoPro close by but more importantly I had a Canon 5d mark ii double dry-bragged on the deck of my board with a computer and a couple hard drives packed in with my clothes. I sought to capture the unique moments along the way. Many evenings were spent setting up a tent as my camera clicked away on a timer to capture the brilliant colors of the sunset as they reflected off the water. It might not have been glamorous but I had water-side accommodation every night this summer.
I've just finished a documentary of the trip which seemed a task bigger than paddling the river (it took a month longer in fact). Through the editing process I've gotten to relive the trip over and over and really examine my time on this journey. It was filled with sights I can't describe with words alone and people that were more welcoming and good than I could have anticipated.
I hope my film can share some of those scenes and moments with people and get them inspired to live adventurously however they can. This whole thing has been a passion project driven by a desire to create a film that will take people with me on my solo expedition down the river. If you enjoy the trailer please consider sharing it and getting a copy of the film for digital download or on DVD at www.MissouriRiverSUP.com