The 68-Year-Old Canyoneer Legend Descending Death Valley

The 68-Year-Old Canyoneer Legend Descending Death Valley

Scott Swaney, a former oilman and current badass a couple years shy of 70, has more first descents in Death Valley National Park than anyone on earth. He spent the past decade looking for everything from tight canyons to massive drop-offs and is believed to have led or been involved with 203 of the 258 first descents in the park. Swaney has burned through partners who couldn’t stand the heat and hard labor of exploring his hellish playground, but he continues to recruit new ones, eager to keep exploring. This spring, photographer Ian Tuttle, who had never canyoneered, stuffed his camera—a film Mamiya 645 AFDii—into a backpack and followed along.

Why Slackline in a Gym When You Could Slackline Over a Waterfall in Hawaii?

Why Slackline in a Gym When You Could Slackline Over a Waterfall in Hawaii?

At just 19 years old, Alex Mason is one of the youngest phenoms in slacklining. He’s traversed the globe to compete, winning the Teva World Cup and the Slackline World Championships, all before he graduated high school. For his biggest project yet, he teamed up with his mentor, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis, and a Redbull film crew to trickline his way through the world’s first “slackladder” — a term coined by Redbull.

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