Adventure

Born in the Canyon

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Go behind the scenes, in a helicopter, and on a river raft with Teva as we return to our birthplace: Grand Canyon National Park. Words and Photos by the Teva Spring 2018 Photo Shoot Crew.

For the Centennial celebration of the Grand Canyon National Park, we returned with cameras and crew to the milky clay-colored river where Teva was born. Here, decades ago, a river guide rigged two watch straps and a flip-flop to create the original sport standal that wouldn’t float away. As the crew approached by helicopter framed by iconic layered rock, it was clear to see why the Canyon has inspired imagination and wonder for more than a century.

In their own words, the cast and crew share the most unforgettable moments descending into the legendary gorge and coasting over the river rapids.

Behind the Scenes Grand Canyon shoot

Pilot reporting for duty. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“We took a little propeller plane from Vegas to Bar10 Ranch, [a family-owned Ranch where we stayed for a day before heading into the Grand Canyon]. Everyone on the crew had to be weighed and were strategically placed on one of two planes. Our pilot looked fresh out of flight school. He was going through the manual and using hand gestures to cross check all operating systems on the plane.

I was already nervous to fly on such a small plane. To have a less-experienced pilot was a little concerning. The opposite of that was the other pilot who was a jokester and lounged back in his seat with his hands behind his head. I was glad we had our pilot after all.” – Scarlet Radwick, Teva Producer.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“Bar10 Ranch is a family owned and run business. We had so much fun riding ATVs on dirt roads a couple miles out to overlook a lower portion of the Grand Canyon. We went horseback riding, skeet shooting and some of us slept in covered wagons. They put on a talent show at night and we all learned to line dance. It was a fun way to get to know one another before camping and rafting down the river for the next couple of days.” – Scarlet Radwick, Teva Producer.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Bar10 Ranch

The talent show at Bar10 Ranch. Photo by Terumi Murao, Talent.

Bar10 Ranch

Photo by Andrew Cortes, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“We first entered the Grand Canyon by way of a helicopter. I felt like we were entering a magical untouched sacred land, a sort of dry red clay version of Jurassic Park.” – Kira Sheppard, Stylist.

“We were so incredibly fortunate to be able to take a helicopter into the Grand Canyon and land on the river, where our rafting guides [from Colorado River and Trail Expeditions] were waiting for us. I’d never been to the Grand Canyon nor on a helicopter before and it was truly an unforgettable experience. I’d like to say that I was more excited than anything, but really I was pretty nervous and scared.” – Scarlet Radwick, Teva Producer.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Descending into the Canyon. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“It’s an amazing spiritual place. I didn’t realize it would have such an impact on me. You’re down in a river all day just floating amongst rocks that are billions of years old. At night you can see the Milky Way and stars so clearly. It’s like being in the center of the universe.

You quickly realize how tiny and insignificant you are in space and time. All your stresses just kinda disappear. It’s really profound.” – Jamie Tallerico, Teva Creative Director

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Andrew Cortes, Talent.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon Photo Shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“The entire trip was an opportunity of a lifetime; I’m extremely grateful to be able to do this as part of my job. There was something incredible about being completely cut-off from the rest of the world.” – Scarlet Radwick, Teva Producer.

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Our trusty river guides from Colorado River and Trail Expeditions. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

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Photo by Terumi Murao, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Our transport raft loaded up with all the gear for the shoot. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Grand Canyon

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“I loved taking the little white water raft with Sandra and making it through the rapids together. We both had never done it and crushed it as a lady team. It felt so good! I also loved all the little things, like walking through knee-high water with our sleeping gear to a little rock island and falling asleep to the sound of the river. I loved eating, breathing, singing, laughing, moving, outside the whole time.” – Terumi Murao, Talent.

“My first impression, in all honesty, was actually kind of middle of the road. Silly, but true. It wasn’t until we entered it and started traveling through it that the magnitude of how incredible of a place this was hit me. By the end of the first day I was in absolute awe of its majesty.” -Andrew Cortes, Talent.

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Terumi and Sandra venture out into the river.Photo by Terumi Murao.

“[One favorite moment was] a random hike to the top. We could see the Grand Canyon in 360. It was amazing.” – Jamie Tallerico, Teva Creative Director.

Grand Canyon shoot

Photographer Steve Hoskins shooting on film and digital. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

Teva Sandal tan

Photo by Steve Hoskins, Photographer.

“Climbing rock faces in the Grand Canyon and cliff jumping 40 feet into the Colorado River—A once in a lifetime experience! Making a fire on the river shore with the whole crew, drinking wine and eating M&Ms and listening to [each other’s] incredible stories… At one point, Steve busted out this Native American wood flute. We all took turns playing it.I started imitating the style of Indigenous music I’ve heard before, and Sandra got up on a rock and started to improv dance to my makeshift flute music. We were jamming flute-interpretive dance on the Colorado River!” – Terumi Murao, Talent.

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Terumi scopes out the waters below before her big leap. Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

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Sunset dancing sessions. Photo by Terumi Murao, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“The bugs at night made sleeping nearly impossible for more than what seemed like an hour sometimes. Highly recommend a bug net attachment for your sleeping bag.” – Andrew Cortes, Talent.

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The infamous grover.

“You have to take EVERYTHING out of the canyon that you bring in (including your poop). Pooping in the grover was disgusting. Our poor rafting guides set up and took it down at every stop.”  - Scarlet Radwick, Teva Producer.

“Highs are seeing the Canyon and watching people’s faces as they discover something new. Seeing people relax and lowering their guard. I mean we all had to poop in the same bucket.” – Jamie Tallerico, Teva Creative Director.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Steve Hoskins, Photographer.

“The night sky I must say, was at least in my life, the most beautiful cosmic dust field these eyes have ever laid on.” – Andrew Cortes, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Dan Cronin, Photo Assistant.

“Once we got out of the Canyon, it was as if the universe was trying to hold us back and saying ‘Don’t go!’ We had a few transportation mishaps. Our bus didn’t come to get us, then we finally got a bus but got stuck in a torrential downpour and flash flood with a snappy driver.

We found refuge in a little bar called the Crow’s Nest in the tiny town of Meadview, AZ. They gave us a ton of free booze and free neon trucker caps… so hardly a low point even with all the snafus!” – Terumi Murao, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Photo by Andrew Cortes, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

The site of the flash flood that stranded the crew. Photo by Terumi Murao, Talent.

Grand Canyon photo shoot

Thanks to the folks at Crow’s Nest for the booze and atmosphere. Photo by Steve Hoskins, Photographer.

“I loved meeting such cool people from all over, sharing stories, and building a mini family throughout the week. I love how people come together and bond over adventure and exploration outside. I’m still friends with so many of the people on the shoot and know that we’ll always reminisce on these good times forever.” – Terumi Murao, Talent.

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