Rich became a Grand Canyon fanatic after his first river trip in 1989. In 22 years he has spent 500 days below the rim backpacking, rafting, and canyoneering through some of the park's most remote places. He's walked nearly 5,000 miles and descended 134 slot canyons including 60 or 70 first descents. Weekdays, Rich is general manager of a Trimble business at Trimble Outdoors.
An avid hiker his entire life, Todd has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and spent the better part of his free time during the last decade and a half exploring his adopted home state of Arizona. He is the author of Grand Canyoneering, the only guide to the slot canyons of Grand Canyon National Park and maintains an online hiking guide. www.toddshikingguide.com
A landscape photographer and canyoneer from Salt Lake City, Dan finds continual inspiration in the technical slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau. This documentary combined many of the challenges he finds appealing – expedition style travel through remote wilderness in technically challenging terrain, while telling the story with only the gear you can carry on your back. “Last of the Great Unknown” is his first film. You can see more of his work on his website. www.danransom.com
John Harlin, IIIProducer
After several hiking and climbing trips to the Grand Canyon, John followed Rich and Dan down his first slot canyon. He discovered that descending a slot is much like climbing a mountain—only upside down and inside out. Editor of the American Alpine Journal and contributing editor to Backpacker magazine, John is launching a new venture, Digital Outdoors Publishing, which will blend the depth of a book library with the reach of the Internet and the practicality of mobile apps. www.johnharlin.net
Amy's life has been centered around music since the age of five. After many years as a professional musician, she has found her new home composing film scores. Her work includes 2011's award winning Kadoma and Solitaire. Unlike these outdoor adventurers, Amy's home is in her recording studio accompanied by Pippin the studio dog who just wants a lap to sleep on. When she isn't writing or listening to music, Amy enjoys meditation, good food and working in the garden. www.amystolzenbach.com