"Sobek? What's Sobek?" Travel pioneer Richard Bangs shares with us the fascinating story behind the name "Sobek"—the intrepid adventure-travel company that he created with John Yost back in the 1970s. Over the next few decades, Sobek Expeditions would raft the first descents of 40 of the world's greatest rivers!
I'd been running the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for about 10 years when I first discovered Alaska's big rivers: the Alsek and Tatshenshini. Up until that point, if anyone ever asked me if I wanted to go anywhere else to run other rivers, I always said "No way! I love the canyon and can't imagine any place I'd like half as much!" I was so naive!