According to Rich Rudow, you can still find places in the Grand Canyon where no human has ever been. Of course, you’ll need ropes to get there and packrafts to return, but the new film, Last of the Great Unknown — which follows Rudow’s explorations — will transport you via the magic of film to some of the most remote places in the Grand Canyon.
The first official trailer for Last of the Great Unknown was recently released. The remarkable film, directed and filmed by Dan Ransom, is now being reviewed by various film festivals. The project took nearly eighteen months to complete and Rudow reported that it was “incredibly more difficult than first imagined. The film chronicles modern exploration in Grand Canyon and includes some of the most stunning cinematography I’ve ever seen.” The filmmaker promises that the canyoneering community will recognize many faces in film, and the Grand Canyon hiking community will be treated to some wonderful stories of historical exploration by Grand Canyon icons.
“The Grand Canyon is an immense place, almost unfathomable in scale, and one of the last places in the American West to be explored. John Wesley Powell called it the “Great Unknown,” having no idea what rapids, falls, or canyons awaited him on his first descent of the river in 1869. In the decades since, the Canyon has been a playground for dozens of explorers. River runners, backpackers, route finders, lithic hunters and peak baggers have all laid claim to the Canyon’s iconic landmarks, often seeking out the prestigious ‘firsts.’ While many significant points of interest were being explored, there was one feature that was left almost entirely ignored: the Canyon’s innumerable technical slots.
Deep within this vast wilderness are secret and intimate tributaries rarely visited by man, hiding some of the Canyon’s most remarkable features. The barrier to entry is steep. To explore them, one must have knowledge of backpacking, packrafting, rappeling, anchor building and off-trail navigation. The Last of the Great Unknown is the story of these slots, the canyoneers who systematically explored their drainages and the secrets hidden deep within their walls.
“Plans for the film’s premiere are still being worked out, but it looks like it will happen the last week of April 2012,” said Ransom in a blog posting.
Trailer website: www.lastofthegreatunknown.com
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Official Website: lastofthegreatunknown.com
Directed by Dan Ransom
Original Score by Amy Stolzenbach
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