The inspiration for this expedition comes from the thought I have at the end of every river trip, "The river keeps going...". It sounds simple, and maybe a little cliche, but I have always found put-ins and takeouts to be arbitrary points on a map - the edges of the map are what excite me.
Ever since I moved to the West and began to explore the Colorado River Basin, I have been fascinated with the geography, the ecosystem, and the human and natural history of the region. This trip is the culmination of many years of curiosity about rivers and a desire to push myself physically and emotionally.
A big highlight was cleaning all the rapids in Cataract Canyon during a blizzard after waking up to three inches of snow on the ground. As much fun as it was, I hope I never have to do it again.
I am launching on the Grand Canyon on Friday. Stoked to see what happens. I can’t imagine being on a different SUP.
Overall, the trip has been going about as smooth as possible and it’s been a fun journey. Wyoming was pretty rough and we’ve had our share of cold weather/snow, but I’m pretty psyched and ready for the adventures downstream.
I know this is a busy time of year for everyone – looking forward to catching up with you once I reach the end!