1. Our intrepid paddlers, Will and Zak, leave the artificial environment of Lake Powell and join 11 friends, with 4 rafts, for a 25-day journey through the Grand Canyon. After weeks of a diet restricted to what they can carry in their kayaks, they’re in gourmet heaven, with loads of eggs, meat, flour, veggies, beer, wine… and bacon! Spectacular scenery, challenging rapids, desert wildlife, and good companions; it’s a highlight of their Colorado River source-to-sea journey.

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  2. Lake Powell is both a massive intrusion on the landscape and a beautiful place for paddling. After kayaking Cataract Canyon, Will and Zak take the good with the bad on Lake Powell and, as always, keep charging in their quest to paddle the Colorado River System from the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez.

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  3. Will and Zak are now over a month into their navigation of the Colorado River from source to sea. They've had company for a while, but now they're going back to being by themselves. In Desolation and Labyrinth Canyons, they experience solitude that gets them pondering why they're attempting this trip. It can be a slog—it's Fall, it's cold, and some of their meals are pretty disgusting. But the scenery's magnificent, the wildlife is plentiful along the river, and the journey keeps calling.

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  4. With a little help from the local Sheriff, Will and Zak portage Flaming Gorge Dam and enter gorgeous Lodore Canyon to begin the first raft-supported section of their source-to-sea journey down the Green and Colorado rivers. 400 miles of flowing water, stunning fall beauty and a surprise visitor lie ahead. As a special bonus, Zak shows off his freestyle rapping skills.

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  5. Sleek sea kayaks replace Will and Zak's packrafts as they undertake the second leg of their epic source-to-sea journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers. Ride along as they paddle a Class V reservoir, surf a tasty play wave, get a sobering lesson on river ecology and enjoy a king's feast of chicken, chips and beer.

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Remains of a River

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Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river.

From October 2011 to January 2012, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains to Mexico following the Colorado River system from its farthest…


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Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river.

From October 2011 to January 2012, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains to Mexico following the Colorado River system from its farthest inland source to the sea, filming and narrating on the fly. The resulting film series, Remains of a River, is an unforgettable story of friendship, adventure and environmental degradation. At turns inspiring and alarming, these ten short works will have you laughing, marveling, shaking your head, and maybe planning an adventure of your own.

Beginning June 29, a new Remains of a River episode will premiere every Friday throughout the summer.

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