Paddling from Columbia to Charleston -- standing up

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the summer eases into fall, small boaters are enjoying treks down our rivers. A popular trip is from Columbia to Charleston through lakes Marion and Moultrie, but some are paddling down the river for more than just the fun of it.

"Ready to rock and roll," said Hunt Summerford, talking about loading camping gear onto a watercraft and paddling 160 miles from Columbia to Charleston. "Strap it all on and take off, and hope for the best."

Hunt will paddle standing up on a paddleboard, standing for eight hours a day for as long as it takes. Joseph Jones will be Hunt's wingman, but in a kayak.

Part of his excitement is because the journey marks an anniversary. Last year his mother, Libby, found out she had breast cancer. Now she's cured, but Hunt's trip will pay tribute to her and all other survivors by raising money to fight breast cancer. "I've been raising money all summer, and that's kind of what we're doing the trip for," said Hunt.

He's raised $4,000 so far, but the goal is $12,000.

Hunt's going to be on the river for the next four days, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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