“When staying alive is a full time job, there isn’t time for much else.” Truthfully, that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to hear from someone who soloed the Grand Canyon of the Colorado for 22 days – in an inflatable kayak (IK), no less. It’s inspiring to talk to people like Winslow Burleson, an associate professor at NYU, who manage to balance demanding jobs in the academic world with a respectable dose of outdoor adventure. After seeing a couple photos of Win paddling a fully loaded IK into the Canyon, I decided I needed to learn more about how the journey went. I also recently posted about pursuing your personal goals before it’s too late, and this journey exemplifies this perfectly. I gave Win a call, and asked a few questions about the trip.Read More
Last winter I had the opportunity to paddle down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, alone. For 27 days and 280 miles the Grand Canyon was my world. I reveled in the solitude, played in the rapids, and was continually awed by the magnificent nature surrounding me. The resulting article and video featured by Canoe and Kayak turned out to be one of their most popular stories this year, and I finally decided to sit down and write down some tips for putting a solo trip together. This article will focus mainly on wintertime solos, as those permits are the easiest to snag. Of course most all this information will apply to kayakers looking to prepare for a self-support trip down the Grand Canyon, even if you aren’t doing it alone.Read More
Why Rush Through Paradise documents my solo kayak journey down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in January 2014. Filmed during 27 days in the depths of the Canyon, the film aims to convey the emotional journey I experienced while alone, and reveals the inescapable beauty of the Canyon.
This trip was one of the longest solo trips on record in the Canyon since the Park Service instituted the 25 day Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek trip length requirement. Long nights and a deserted river allowed for ample contemplation on our place in this world, and provided a unique opportunity to explore the intricacies of the Canyon at my leisure.Read More