A lot has changed since the ‘80s — even in the world of kayaking. Back then, the subjects of Godspeed, Los Polacos! cleverly navigated the Soviet system to go on an adventure of a lifetime — a daring kayaking expedition in the Americas with homemade equipment and little to no whitewater skills. Fast forward to today, with expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren’s 20-year quest to become the first person to paddle the four great rivers that flow from Tibet's sacred Mt. Kailash — a journey that’s documented in The River Runner.
While decades apart, the subjects of these films all share a love of adventure and a certain level of resilience and determination. But how, exactly, has the meaning of “adventure” changed over the years?