Two modern adventurers document Colorado River

Seth Sachson, executive director of the Aspen Animal Shelter and the Aspen Boarding Kennel, mushes toward the finish line Sunday during the seventh annual Grand Mesa Challenge sled dog races. While many of the 35 or so mushers competing over the weekend raced behind teams of Siberian or Alaskan huskies, Sachson’s team is composed of mixed-breed dogs he has rescued and adopted from the animal shelter.

After Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore wound up their 2011 trip tracing the Colorado River from the headwaters of the Green River to the river’s dreary end in a sandy delta in Mexico, they had a problem: What to do next?

The 113-day, 1,700-mile trip, documented as “Source to the Sea” as part of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, dominated for four months the lives of two 2011 CC grads.

That trip was documented in the 45-minute video “Remains of a River,” available on their website,

Looking around, the two modern adventurers decided to take up their mission of documenting the Colorado River.

Along with fellow CC grads David Speigel and Carson McMurray, the team in June 2012, began their next adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park and headed downstream.

That the small pond was named Lake Powell was more than fortuitous, since the trip, which ends at a much larger and better-known Lake Powell, was labeled “Powell to Powell: A Portrait of the Upper Colorado.”

The latest trip, which made stops in the Grand Valley, also was involved with Colorado College’s 2012-2013 State of the Rockies project and aimed at providing an “geographic overview of the Colorado River Basin,” as the authors state on

The images, video and interviews the group collected during their six-week journey now also are available on the group’s website.

WHAT: Short (five to six minutes each) videos of the Powell-to-Powell trip down the Colorado River.

WHEN: New videos online each Monday beginning Feb. 4 (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4).



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