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Doug Ammons

Doug Ammons (born March 14, 1957)[1] is an adventurer and is best known for his kayaking expeditions. He has degrees in mathematics, physics, and a masters and PhD in psychology from University of Montana.[1] He is also a classical guitarist, black-belt martial artist, an author, philosopher, and works as an editor for two journals of psychology.[1][2][3]


  • Early Years 1
  • Kayaker 2
  • Psychologist 3
  • Recognition/Work 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6

Early Years

Doug Ammons was born in

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Segalstad, Eric (10 March 2005). "The Perfect Cut Becoming one with adventurer Doug Ammons". Missoula Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Moore, Michael (18 March 2010). "'"Doug Ammons looks to lift kayak literature above 'dudism. The Missoulian/The Daily News Onliine. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b O'Donnell, Lisa (10 February 2011). "Kayaker will talk about adventures". Winston-Salem Journal (NC). 
  4. ^ a b c Ammons, Doug. "Interview with". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Day, Candace (30 March 2011). "Legendary adventurer Doug Ammons shares a life passion for the outdoors". The Skyliner. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Moore, Michael (16 March 2010). "Missoula kayaker Doug Ammons named one of Outside's top 10 adventurers". The Missoulian. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Black, Steve (September 2008). "Interview with Dr. Doug Ammons, Editor, September 2008". Psychological Reports. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Game Changers". Outside Online. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Niemeyer, Kristi (2 August 2010). "Doug Ammons/Whitewater Philosophy". Lively Times. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 


Ammons currently resides in Missoula, MT with his wife Robin Ammons[1] and their five children.[2]

Personal life

Doug Ammons has written two books about his view and relationship with a sport he loves: The Laugh of the Water Nymph written in 2005, Whitewater Philosophy written in 2009. Ammon's latest work is called The Stikine, which will capture the experience of his solo run on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine.

Doug Ammons also contributed to seven documentaries about beautiful rivers; he wrote scripts for four and paddled in all seven.[1] The movies were done for ESPN, National Geographic Channel, and Outdoor Life Network.[1] Out of the seven documentaries, four won Emmys.[1] Also, Doug Ammons "won an Emmy award as a cinematographer for a film shot in Bolivia."[2]

In Outside Magazine, Ammon's was named number seven in the top ten adventurers of the 1900s.[8] He was recognized for running the Stikine solo. Outside even compared him to Reinhold Messner: "What Reinhold Messner did for alpinism, Ammons did for paddling".[8] With an interview with Kriti Niemeyer for Lively Times, Doug commented about not being a fan of lists, "but it is a huge honor to be compared to Reinhold Messner".[9]


Doug Ammons followed his parents' footsteps by getting his PhD in psychology.[2] He has edited many psychological reports and has contributed to other articles within the realm of psychology. His parents started Ammons Scientific, an independent psychological publishing company in Missoula, Montana, in the 1940s.[7]


Doug Ammons has turned away sponsorship offers from many kayaking companies and also declined the opportunity to have a show with ESPN on a race he founded, a big water race on the North Fork Payette River.[2] Doug is a solid kayaker but is very humble at the same time. He believes kayaking will take paddlers to beautiful places, "but only in context."[2] Doug Ammons states in an interview with Michael Moore from The Missoulian: "These sports like climbing and kayaking, they have this patina of greatness about them because, frankly, most people can't do them at the highest levels. But they are no greater than what others have done. They don't cure cancer. They don't feed hungry people. They don't provide clean water".[2]

[6] Doug's solo descent on the Stikine shows commitment and perseverance, the sports ultimate test.[6], saying, "I tried to do the hardest thing I could conceive of, in the purest style possible".Missoulian Ammons comments later in an interview with the [6] He has accomplished many first descents, from the western states of [5] For over 25 years, Doug Ammons has been a world class kayaker.

Doug Ammons was around 24 when he really started to pick up kayaking. However, he played classical guitar every chance he could before he got into kayaking. "I was looking for a different kind of music to play, and I found it in the current and flowing water," said Doug in an interview with Ben Friberg for Steep Creeks about why classical guitar playing led him to kayaking.[4] Ammons was also very inspired by Rob Lesser paddling the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in 1981.[1]


From an early age, Ammons was comfortable in the water; he was paddling lakes and easy local rivers in folding kayaks.[4] He learned to conquer both its currents and depths by becoming scuba certified at the age of 12.[3] Ammons also was a competitive swimmer, making it to nationals several times in high school and then competing in college on the varsity Grizzly team.[1]


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