Why Canyoneering is Captivating

Danny Boyle’s frenetic, sometimes mind-blowing depiction of Aron Ralston’s canyoneering bad luck as portrayed by James Franco in “127 Hours” exposed the art of canyoneering to a broader audience. I’ve been a few times and I’ll go again on a trip to Utah this summer for a story.

My basic introductory piece about the sport is up at Smithsonian.com now so that’s a perfect excuse to exhume a few pictures from the family’s adventure the other summer. The combination of the athletic challenge, the stunning scenery, and the almost minute-by-minute problem solving makes for a memorable adventure, the “Average Joe’s extreme sport.”


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