Caving and Canyoneering


Spelunking in Banff

‘Epic Trails’ is a series from Heliconia and backpacker Eric Hanson as they explore the world’s best trails.

Jul 9, 2018

John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey Down the Colorado

In 1869, John Wesley Powell led nine men and four boats on the first documented descent through the Grand Canyon. As is made clear in this excerpt from 'The Promise of the Grand Canyon,' it was a hell of a challenge.

John F. Ross
May 24, 2018

Canyoneering in Bear's Ears

From filmmaker Dan Ransom, One Trick Pony features Steve Ramras who is as versed a canyoneer as they come. But the kicker is, that’s the only outdoor activity he does.

Jan 12, 2018

Venturing into Buckskin Gulch

Our PlayNow series highlights an epic POV clip so you can get in on the action even when you're stuck behind a desk.

Jan 11, 2018

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.

Ian Tuttle
Jul 14, 2016

Special Report: The Keyhole Seven

When a group of canyoneering beginners were swept away in a flash flood last September, it was the worst disaster in Zion's 97-year history. And it illustrates a growing question: How far should national parks go to keep their visitors safe?

Grayson Schaffer
May 24, 2016