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Film Trailer Released for Grand Canyoneering Documentary

Over the last year, Dan Ransom has been filming and editing “Last of the Great Unknown,” a documentary on the canyon explorations and discoveries Rich Rudow and Todd Martin have been doing in the Grand Canyon. I just heard from him today that the trailer and website are now live, so check out the awesome sneak-peek and get ready for the full movie to come your way later this year. He’ll be sending in the film to a variety of film festival committees soon. Once committees have made their decisions, I’m sure Dan will broadcast what festival will carry the world premiere. Keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground for this one. My favorite part of the trailer is the last shot, where the camera zooms down the canyon behind the hiker, catching and then passing him. What a shot! I asked Dan how he got it, and gave me a cryptic explanation of some kind of homemade zipline. But where is the rigging? Ziplines have to be anchored to something, right? However he did it, the effect is gorgeous, and I have high hopes for these guys and their entry to this year’s film fun.

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Grand Canyon Slideshow & Documentary Sneak Peak

Todd Martin and Rich Rudow will be in St. George on December 15th to present their multimedia talk, “Grand Canyoneering,” an account in words and pictures of their incredibly in-depth explorations of the Grand Canyon’s hidden slot canyons. Todd & Rich are promoting Todd’s recently published book, also entitled Grand Canyoneering, which has met wide acclaim in the canyoneering community for its detail, thoroughness, and aesthetic. Bring along an extra $30, and you can take home a copy of Grand Canyoneering for the wonderful armchair canyoneering season ahead. Photographer and videographer extraordinaire, Dan Ransom, will join the GC guys to show some sneak peeks from his upcoming film, “Last of the Great Unknown.” Dan’s film brings us into some of these gorgeous, remote canyons through the eyes, ropes, and helmet cams of the canyoneers who found these canyons and were likely the first people to descend them. Check out the link above for a taste… come to the event for a more nourishing helping. Available space for this presentation is filling up quickly. To reserve seats for your group, visit the Grand Canyoneering Facebook event page and simply request a number of seats for your group.

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Todd Martin and Rich Rudow Speak On “Grand Canyoneering”

We may not have many blog readers who live in Mesa, but I’m highlighting this talk for anyone who might want to invite Todd and Rich to speak in their own town. These guys have a ton of experience and stories regarding their extensive explorations of the Grand Canyon, and I’m sure it would be fantastic to hear them tell a few tales along with some complementary pictures and video. Of course, it may be difficult to attend such a talk without purchasing Martin’s beautiful Grand Canyon guidebook (Grand Canyoneering, $29.95), but that seems like a just reward for all the slogging, driving, thirsting, and pouring over maps these guys have done for the past however-many years. Here’s the event announcement from Rich: Todd Martin and I are giving a talk Thursday night at Mesa Community College – Red Mountain Campus. Todd will cover a lot of information about Grand Canyon and Canyoneering in Grand Canyon. It will answer a lot of questions that people have about permits, pack rafting, canyoneering technique, etc., and you’ll see some never before shown photos that provide wonderful motivation on why we enjoy canyoneering in Grand Canyon so much. I’ll discuss a specific adventure … Continue reading

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Canyoneering Images from Garden Creek, Grand Canyon

Mr. Ransom and his camera have been out of house again, much to the delight of armchair canyoneers everywhere. See what where he went in his gorgeous pictorial trip report. After you’ve whet your whistle, plan a trip to Garden Creek Canyon yourself, with beta from Todd Martin’s new Grand Canyon canyoneering guidebook, Grand Canyoneering.

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“Grand Canyoneering” Now Available from Author Todd Martin

Todd Martin’s widely anticipated canyoneering guidebook for the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyoneering: Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon, is now available for purchase through Todd’s website. Since Rich Rudrow wrote such a fine introduction for Mr. Martin’s book, I thought I’d simply copy it here: After four years of painstaking work, and occasionally some heart thumping adventure, Todd Martin’s encyclopedia of Grand Canyon drainages is finally finished. Grand Canyoneering is the first extensive guidebook covering technical canyoneering in Grand Canyon National Park. At 500 full-color pages, highlighting 117 drainages from Waterholes Canyon upstream of Lee’s Ferry to Tincanebitts Canyon at river mile 264, there is an adventure for everyone. Backpackers will enjoy 34 hikes through remote drainages that do not require ropes. Technical canyoneers will marvel at the stunning microenvironments and challenges to be found in the only limestone slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau. And river runners will be surprised at the slot canyon adventures within easy reach that they’ve floated past for years. Of course, Grand Canyoneering has complete and accurate beta to assist in exploration of these places in Todd Martin’s proven writing style, and more than 100 pages are dedicated to … Continue reading

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