NRS Films

Remains of a River

Episode 4: Canyon Solitaire

Will and Zak are now over a month into their navigation of the Colorado River from source to sea. In Desolation and Labyrinth Canyons, they experience solitude that gets them pondering why they're attempting this trip. It can be a slog—it's fall, it's cold, and some of their meals are pretty disgusting. But the scenery's magnificent, the wildlife is plentiful along the river, and the journey keeps calling.

Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river.

From October 2011 to January 2012, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains to Mexico following the Colorado River system from its farthest inland source to the sea, filming and narrating on the fly. The resulting film series, Remains of a River, is an unforgettable story of friendship, adventure and environmental degradation. At turns inspiring and alarming, these ten short works will have you laughing, marveling, shaking your head, and maybe planning an adventure of your own.