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Grand Canyon speed run

I read an article recently that a group was trying to break Ben Orkin's record for the fastest descent of the Grand Canyon in a boat. Anyone hear if they were successful?

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They aren't launching until tonight. you can track them if you want to follow along

https://share.garmin.com/gcspeedrun2...fYx99E-joQz0fI

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/...Y6C2ki07byDib0

info on their facebook page

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Thanks for the info and links!
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Word from a connected buddy in flag is, it is half team america and half GC guides. Last time they tried it, (all team America) they dumped in Lava and missed their time because the frame that was made of oar shafts blew apart. This time they have a proper frame and people that know the river. It sounds like their training runs in RHT and Cat went well. They have high hopes. Bunch of people from Flag are hiking down to Phantom for the fly by. Wishing them luck.
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Add Ass! Whats the record at now? The Dory record went down to a kayaker already, correct?

I expect these guys will shatter it.

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Good article with details here:

https://coloradosun.com/2019/12/24/r...-grand-canyon/

New rig looks sweet and if things align they should steal the record (34 hour 2 minute run by Ben Orkin) from a kayaker

HaHa - lots of stories abound for the last run but while the frame broke it was not "originally" made of paddles. The vimeo is pretty cool of the first attempt and hope they have a good safe run down. Lucky enough to have a couple friends on the boat and will post any first hand updates.
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Interesting. I had heard they used oar shaft for most of the original frame construction to save weight.
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Interesting. I had heard they used oar shaft for most of the original frame construction to save weight.
Think you are right and some parts were made out of oar shafts which broke. Then they fixed that with a paddle that I was referencing. Sweet custom fab either way and hope the new frame holds. Excited to check the tracking in the morning.
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This is so incredibly CORE. Take most any aspect of the GC river trip experience and 5x distill it, do it in the dark days of midwinter. ¡Salut Team CO!
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According to the map, almost to President Harding..
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