Salween Spring


An American outfitter in China and the Tao of fighting a losing battle.
A film by Will Stauffer-Norris & Last Descents River Expeditions

“There’s a certain ironic joy in realizing that the world is changing. Everything is in a steady process of change. You can’t control that change. It’s better just to observe what’s going on and do your best to help make the world better. Taking people to the river has turned out to be the thing I can offer to the world to help it be better.” – Travis Winn, Last Descents River Expeditions 

Meet Travis Winn, an American who traveled to China for the first time 15 years ago to join his dad on a first descent of the Headwaters of the Salween River in Tibet. On that first trip Travis realized that most Chinese citizens had no way to get out and experience free-flowing rivers. And later he learned that at the rate these rivers were being dammed, very few people would ever have a chance to see the rivers in their pristine and natural state. Risking his mental and physical health, Travis continues to strive toward his personal goal to bring the Chinese people closer to their rivers.