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Overloaded kayakers tell tale of surviving Grand Canyon

Kayaker Mike Copeland of Boise made this photo of the Grand Canyon during a break in his 16-day unsupported kayak trip down the Colorado River. Mike Copeland
 (Mike Copeland)
Kayaker Mike Copeland of Boise made this photo of the Grand Canyon during a break in his 16-day unsupported kayak trip down the Colorado River. Mike Copeland (Mike Copeland)

PADDLING -- Typically the Grand Canyon is floated by raft because of the length of time it takes to boat the roadless stretch of the Colorado River.

Most trips take 12-21 days to negotiate big whitewater and long stretches of flatwater.

All the skills requirements are amplified for the few self-supported kayakers who attempt to carry all their gear – including the required “groover” and fire pan.

But Scott Sills and Mike Copeland proved it could be done in a 16-day December adventure they launched in creek boats stuffed with 250 pounds of gear.

They’ll present a program on the trip (and tell whether they could Eskimo roll a kayak that heavy in the canyon’s huge water) Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland, sponsored by Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.




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