Grand Canyon Paddling Speed Record Attempt Aborted Due to Injury

Monday, 26 November 2012
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Sad to hear that Harlan Taney was forced to abort his attempt to break the speed record for paddling down the 277 mile Colorado River. His goal was to catch a scheduled flood release to help push him down the length in just over 24h. The current record is 36 hours.

Things went wrong at mile 82 when his Epic 18X touring kayak got pinned on some rocks at Grapevile Rapids and he broke his elbow (ouch).

Harlan is ok but he had to swim another three miles before he could hike back out of the canyon.

Here is the press release announcing the record attempt while local Arizona public radio covered the sad news of the accident.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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