If certain energy speculators have their way, the Green River in Southeastern Utah may someday have a nuclear reactor on its banks. What it currently has are miles upon miles of pristine wilderness lined by unexplored sandstone walls.

In May 2016, four climbers put on the Green in canoes to float a 45-mile roadless section. Over the course of six days, they camped, explored, and climbed new routes rising up from the river bed. While the trip was inspired by the desert climbers who preceded them, writes producer Celin Serbo, “we quickly realized that the experience would have lasting impressions that went well beyond the climbing.”

Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.
Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.