Pete McBride spends a lot of time chasing water. Growing up on a Colorado cattle ranch, he chased irrigation water. Today he chases rivers—because he loves river trips— and he fears people are not aware of freshwater and the watersheds that feed them. He has worked in over 70 countries, been deported from one, followed four rivers source to sea, had an accidental standoff with an Amazonian electric eel, and kissed a flannelmouth sucker fish.

Remembering the Grand Canyon’s Legendary Protector

It is just past six a.m. and the dawn rays are kissing a frothy spray dancing above the rapid ahead. The wind and hundred-plus desert temperatures are still sleeping. That reprieve of gusty, furnace-like heat tempers my nerves little. My mouth is desert dry thanks to adrenaline coursing through my body. I try to focus…

6 Painful Lessons I Learned By Hiking the Grand Canyon

I guess you can call it a Grand beat down. I knew it would be hard, but not spirit-crushing hard. Our plan to walk the Grand Canyon as a sectional thru-hike would be a lengthy, logistical monster of sorts. Our food would be weighed by the ounce. Almonds and prunes would be rationed and counted…

Matthew Power 1974-2014: A Giggle Memory

As I step forward into my darkest fears, I hear next to me the last sound I’d expect—giggling.  I am chest deep in inky, swamp water. Somewhere ahead of me is dry land I hope, but it is nowhere in sight. Each foot forward, I expect something to bite, zap, or attack me—a lurking viper,…