Watch Crazy Canadians Paddle the Grand Canyon in Tandem Canoes

‘The Canyon by Canoe’ is an ode to both the history of the canoeing and the crazy future the sport holds.

At the start of October 2019, a group of eight Canadians got a permit to paddle the Grand Canyon. And they decided to do it in 17-foot tripping canoes, unsupported from rafts or any other resupplies.

Their boats are chock-full, their GoPros are strapped on, and the river is running high. And now, you can watch the video that documents the canoeists’ crazy attempt.

The video does not disappoint — it’s full of rushing waters, massive pool-drop rapids, and lots of self-rescues and laughs. Originally, the group of twentysomethings didn’t even set out to break a record; they were there purely to canoe and have fun.

“Out of the 26 days and numerous massive rapids, there were only 11 capsizes!” wrote the crew happily in a trip description. According to the team and film crew, this was the first self-supported tandem canoe descent of the Grand Canyon.

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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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