River Running in the Grand Canyon has always been a mixture of daring, good luck, and stamina. Such was the case for one of the earliest and most celebrated river runners, geologists, and ethnographers—John Wesley Powell. Powell was only 35 years old when he led this monumental trip down almost 1,000 river miles but he made up for his youth in determination to explore the river. Powell was a curious man, intrigued by all aspects of natural science and the opportunity to explore the river beckoned him during his field trips to the region.
He was also a daring man.