Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon

Posted on Apr 3 by SEASONS Magazine

Photo by Pete McBride, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Photo by Pete McBride, courtesy UCSB Arts & Lectures.

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents filmmaker/photographer Peter McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko delivering their National Geographic Live! illustrated public presentation titled Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.

In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the many threats it faces, photographer/filmmaker McBride and writer Fedarko set off on an audacious and demanding adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot, an endeavor only about 24 people had accomplished before them. It took them a total of 13 months, logging nearly 800 miles and costing seven pairs of shoes, in temperatures ranging from minus-5 to 111 degrees. McBride is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose stunning images—whether they involve 20,000 foot vantages or swimming below icebergs—have earned him a spot on American Photo Magazine’s list of the top five water photographers in the nation. Fedarko has written for National Geographic Adventure, Esquire and Time, and his work has twice been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing. When they set out on their journey, McBride and Fedarko were challenging themselves, but more importantly, they were challenging others to recognize how fragile this ecosystem is and how the future of the crown jewel of America’s national parks system hangs in the balance. The canyon changed them, and they hope their work will change the minds of others.

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or visit


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