Exploring the Unknown Escalante River by Stand Up Paddleboard

In the town of Escalante, Utah, the aptly named Escalante River picks up just enough water during runoff to be navigable for just a few days a year. It twists and winds for over 101 miles, ending in Lake Powell. Though a handful of packrafters know this fact, it is a closely guarded secret. After asking throughout the river community, Jordan and her crew learned that the river had never been traversed by stand up paddleboard (SUP).

So with little information, and even less gear packed on the front our boards, the group headed west to explore one of the most remote areas in the country by SUP. For the first ten miles, the water was merely a drip, forcing them to drag boards, loaded with all their gear, over rocks and beneath trees. The group quickly began to question their decision, much less their ability to make it over the long distance in just a week.

Join us for an adventure story that takes place beneath towering cliffs and around horseshoe curves to hear about Jordan & Dylan's experience traversing rapids and even surviving a terrifying flash flood on a paddleboard. 

Tea, donated by Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company, beer, donated by Aspen Brewing Company, and Paradise Bakery cookies will be offered during lecture.