Out Here | First SUP Descent of Utah’s Escalante River

First descents are not for the weak or meager. They can be unpredictable, frightening, awe-inspiring and beautiful–all at the same time. But no matter what happens during the journey, they are always memorable. Being the first human to standup paddle down a stretch of water is a special experience. In a world that is so connected and so developed, expeditions like this offer you a rare chance to be a true pioneer.

In this particular trip, paddlers Morgan Tilton, Dylan Brown, Jordan Curet, Morgan Smith and Aaron Kloer set out to be the first people to complete a SUP descent of Utah’s mighty Escalante River. Their multi-day expedition would wind them through towering sandstone canyons and wild desert landscapes. The chocolate milk-colored water of the Escalante cascaded down challenging rapids and gentle stretches alike, offering the paddlers both tests and respites.

Check out the footage from their historic journey, accompanied by a powerful narration that explores the deeper connection the group felt to nature and the river during their experience in Utah. For a more in-depth story, read the full feature from this journey that originally ran in our 2016 Winter issue.

 

The article was originally published on Standup Paddling

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