In 2015 Jonathan Rider and Edmund le Brun became the first people to raft down the Oxus River in Afghanistan. High in the Pamir Mountains, they travelled 200 km through one of the World’s last true wilderness areas. With plans afoot to build a highway through this region, their expedition provides a unique glimpse into an often-misunderstood country. Yet, with no previous rafting experience, this was truly a case of inflated ambitions. What’s this? Bungling amateurs ‘having a go’ at the nexus of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China? The ATFF cries: “bring it on!!!”.