Last of the Great Unknown

2012 USA / Duration: 22′

Directed by: Dan Ransom


The Grand Canyon, a barren labyrinth of light and shadows, was one of the last places in the American West to be surveyed. John Wesley Powell, before he made the first descent via the Colorado River in 1869, called it “The Great Unknown.” Much of it still is today, and river runners, backpackers, lithic hunters and butte baggers seek prestigious “firsts” in the Grand Canyon’s innumerable technical slots. Canyoneer Richard Rudlow was named Outside Magazines Adventurer of the Year. This is his story on film.


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