VIDEO: Source to Sea in 3 Minutes

Take a time-lapse trip down the Colorado River

 “Have you ever seen an entire river,” ask the makers of the above video, Mirror River. Give yourself 3-and-a-half minutes with this time-lapse, and the answer will be yes.

In October we wrote about paddlers Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore, who set out from the headwaters of the Green River in Wyoming’s snowy Wind River Mountains and kayaked and rafted 1,700 miles over 113 days to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. The journey took them down the length of the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, and finally on to irrigation channels and the muddy, nearly unnavigable delta.

This new time-lapse is cut from their 47-minute documentary, Remains of a River, which documents their trip from October 2011 to January 2012.

The effect, as they describe, is disconcerting as it is stunning: “The river begins as a trickle, carves ever deeper and more spectacular canyons, and is reduced to a trickle again by water diversions.”

Their trek was part of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, to raise awareness of environmental issues in the region.

Check out our interview with Will Stauffer-Norris.


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