Monday, February 08, 2016

OREGON - The Hidden Canyon

"A journey to Valhalla, Oregon’s hidden canyon" PBS NewsHour 2/4/2016


SUMMARY:  Few places on this planet have gone unexplored.  Just 60 miles from Portland, Oregon, there's a natural wonder that was first spotted in 2010.  Last summer, an expedition team navigated for three days to reach their goal: Valhalla Canyon.  Oregon Public Broadcasting chronicles that effort in a new documentary.

GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  There are few places left that haven’t been explored.  But a team in Oregon has documented a natural wonder for the first time that’s just about 60 miles from Portland.  It’s a spectacular half-mile gorge and narrow canyon in the Cascade Range.

It was first spotted in 2010 by a Forest Service employee.  This past summer, an expedition team spent three days navigating through it, including nine major waterfalls and a grotto that ended at a slot canyon.

Oregon Public Broadcasting chronicled that effort in a new documentary (full video).

Here’s an excerpt about trying to reach the Valhalla Canyon.

MAN:  Oh, man.

BEN CANALES, Photographer:  Being in Valhalla, it feels like you have gone into the throat of something, through the stomach and you’re in it.  You know, for myself, as I would say much more a normal person and not a hard-core adventurer, there’s kind of just a low level of panic at the back of the mind.

It’s like, this is not normal.  What’s going to happen here?  What’s going to happen there?

MAN:  Yah!  It’s awesome!

BEN CANALES:  And so there’s kind of always a little fight to keep that quelled down.

And then there’s just this thrilling excitement at the rugged beauty of it.  All the fears just disappeared, and it was like, this is awesome.  You know, the worry was gone, and it was just pure adventure.

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