The Confluence: Paddling a Flash Flood into the Sacred, Threatened Heart of the Grand Canyon

Canoe & Kayak magazine, Fall 2016 print issue and digital feature

“This is a place where distance twists. I awoke this morning only one mile from the nearest road, legs cramping as I stepped out of my sleeping bag and watched the sunlight slide its way down the canyon walls. One mile, but a tortuous, inverted mile of ledges, boulders, cliffs and rust-stained layers of millennia. One mile as the raven flies, but a mile so riddled with downdrafts and vertical gain that it seems it would be a daunting ascent even for the winged.”


Zak Podmore is a freelance journalist and editor of the Canyon Echo: A Journal of Southeastern Utah.

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