See What It's Like To Spend An Epic 22 Days Rafting Through The Grand Canyon

Matador Ambassador Henry Munter Recently spent 22 days in November rafting and kayaking through the Grand Canyon and brought back this gallery to give us a glimpse of the majestic canyon on the edge of winter.

1. Self portraits

Floating, Running our raft through Horn Rapid, Charging my gps on a hike to the Tabernacle with the Goal Zero, and Kayaking Lava Falls, the river’s trademark rapid.

navajo bridge grand canyon

Photo: Henry Munter

2. Navajo bridge

On the first day of a 22-day trip, we float under the last bridge to cross the Colorado River for over 300 miles, as it descends into Grand Canyon.

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3. Marble canyon

Morning light rarely reaches the river during fall trips in Grand Canyon, but we settle for the light reflecting off the water from the canyon walls.

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4. Redwall cavern

About the size of a football field, the beach extending back into a layer of Redwall limestone here tells the story of the Colorado that is constantly eroding its way deeper into the canyon.

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Photo: Henry Munter

5. Afternoon float

It’s not winter yet, but it’s getting colder, and the last rays of sunshine for the day are a precious luxury.

Nankoweap Granaries grand canyon

Photo: Henry Munter

 6. Nankoweap Granaries

Anasazi ruins at Nankoweep overlook the once-fertile floodplains of the Colorado river.

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7. Little Colorado River

During the fall, with the summer rains over, the Little Colorado River runs a turquoise-blue from minerals it carries from eroding limestone.

afternoon light grand canyon

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8. Afternoon

In exchange for the November cold, the afternoons see the canyon fill with soft, golden light.

big horn sheep

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9. Big horn sheep

A Ram escapes uphill after we surprised it at the riverside.

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10. Hiking

Although the Colorado River is famous for its whitewater, a few days during our trip we dedicated to exploring the canyon on foot.

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11. Hermit rapid

Eric and Alex take a big hit in Hermit.

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12. Rain and wind

Two rare things in the Grand Canyon, rain and downstream wind, combine for an afternoon of easy rowing.

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13. Trash management

On a 22 day trip, keeping trash space to a minimum is important work. Here I’m using my Gerber E-Z rescue knife to shred some plastic bottles.

blacktail canyon playing music

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14. Bluegrass

Aaron McCloskey, Donny Chavez, and Alex Johnstone treat us to a concert in Blacktail Canyon. Slot-canyon acoustics are a marvel that are hard to describe.

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15. Sandstone

Day 12, we can track the layers of Geologic time as well as our float, through the rock strata of the canyon walls.

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16. Great blue heron

With a wingspan of around 2 meters, the sound of heron wings flying reverberate in the canyon on quiet mornings.

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17. Deer creek narrows

One of the most dramatic of the slot canyons to enter the river, Deer Creek carves its way into the canyon walls before plummeting to the river.

old school kayak

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18. Old-school kayak

Canyon walls reflect on my trusty, old-school kayak. I keep this old guy around for surfing the big glassy waves on this kind of river.

havasu creek grand canyon

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19. Havasu creek

Eric climbs through a limestone cave up Havasu Creek.

national canyon

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20. National canyon

This summer, heavy monsoons caused flash floods that redefined many familiar places in the canyon, leaving behind the well sorted gravel that will slowly erode away until it happens again.

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Photo: Henry Munter

21. Booties

It’s not over until it’s over. Although our group managed to keep the rafts upright in all of the named rapids, mile 231 rapid got the best of Tiff. Here the crew is appeasing the river gods by drinking a beer from a river shoe.

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