Here’s a fundraising marathon you don’t see every day. Ali Howard, a 33-year-old chef who lives in Telkwa, B.C., plans to swim the entire length of the Skeena-a silty, rain-swollen and cold-beast of a river that starts in the plateau country of northern B.C. and winds its way through 610 km of mountain and forest to Prince Rupert. Howard plans to wear a dry suit, a flotation device and, quite wisely, a helmet. She says she was inspired by the story of a Slovenian man who swam the length of the Amazon. There are no piranhas in the Skeena; it’s best known as one of the world’s premier salmon rivers. But anyone who has seen it knows this is no minor undertaking.
Woman to swim length of mighty Skeena
Resort chef wants 610-km swim down frigid B.C. river to raise environmental awareness
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