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Grand Canyon Named America’s Most Endangered River

When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument more than a century ago, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” Last week, American Rivers named the Grand Canyon America’s Most Endangered River. The…

Hiking Below the North Rim in the Grand Canyon

More Hikes: Best Hikes in the National Parks >> It doesn’t matter how you access the Grand Canyon, so long as you actually get down into it. It’s too big to fathom just from above. Whether by boat or by foot, you’ve got to get into it. Matt and Agnes Hage and I planned on…

Navigations: Thus Spake Zarathustra – Winter Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. “The big day,” John said. “Yup,” I replied, rubbing my eyes. It was three in the morning. We were standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aiming the beams of our headlamps down the South Kaibab Trail—a mule-stomped trough of glistening ice running between snowbanks. The trailhead…

Videos From Edge of Space Provide New Perspective

These videos both involve a balloon rising to the edge of space with cameras pointing back at Earth. One project was very high budget. The other decidedly low. Yet they each provide a new perspective. First, we have a deeper look at the “space dive” by People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year Felix Baumgartner—who was…

Saving the Colorado, America’s Most Endangered River – Video + Interview with Pete McBride

When we think of the Colorado River, we think of its power and its beauty, running from the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and twisting, turning, and splashing through seven western states and two countries. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon—a symbol as iconic to the United States as the bald eagle or…

Grand to Grand Ultra: Gear + Training Analysis – Run, Rookie, Run!

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up to September 18, 2012 blog: Grand to Grand Ultra – Gear and Training for a 160 Mile Backpacking Race  My feet were trashed.  I had excruciating blisters on top of blisters, in between, front and back, on most of the toes and pads of my feet.  My right knee…

Grand Canyon Float: Friends and Adventure—Two Things That I Love

My life moves from one trip to the next, typically a solo adventure documenting the last wild animals that we share this planet with. It’s a dream come true for me, without a doubt, and I feel very lucky to do what I do. However, the more time I spend alone, the more I realize…

Grand Canyon Float #6: Piloting Whitewater

Keep it straight and square up for the big hits! Often times, piloting a fully loaded, monstrous raft through Grand Canyon whitewater is as simple as that. Our craft are far from hot rods—they measure in at 16 or 18 feet long, are fully loaded, and are powered by a single oarsman. To make it…

Grand Canyon Float #5: Solar-Powered Tech

In the information age it’s difficult to imagine isolated locations where cell phone service and common electrical sockets are non-existent. Yet deep in the base of the Grand Canyon neither exists, however technology does not entirely fail us. Over the years scientists have managed to manipulate light in clever ways, which allows us to transmit…

Grand Canyon Float #2 – The Beginning of a Grand Adventure

The first time I remember on a river when I was nine.  Halfway through my first lesson I’d talked my instructor out of her hot-rod kayak and set out in search of the toughest beginner whitewater in sight.  My dad loves to tell that story. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to kayak competitively, embark…