Pura Vida Adventures’ Joe Moerschbaecher, Andy Routzahn, and Ellen Cressley ended the 2015 year with a 21 day expedition paddling the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Canyon Guides

Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon


The Grand Canyon Expedition allowed members of Pura Vida’s team to join 13 other team members from across the US and as far away as New Zealand on what many call the “whitewater trip of a lifetime.”  The expedition provided the team with challenges and difficulties which are  faced  in an expedition of this length, but in the end lifelong friendships were strengthened and made.

The Grand Canyon provided incredible views, ancient history, giant white water, and a humbling experiences that had us waiting for the sun.


Life on the river is a simple life.  It can get difficult of course a raft could flip, a team member could fall ill, a kayaker may swim, misunderstandings may arise; but in the end river life is a simple life.  What the river tells us is simple “Take Care of one another, Pura Vida!”

About Pura Vida Adventures:

The mission of Pura Vida Adventures is to offer safe personal trips to families and small groups which focus on exploration, discovery, and adventure.  Regardless of age or ability level we have a trip that will quench your thirst for adventure and provide you an opportunity to “experience the good life.” We offer guided climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, waterfall tours, adventure race instruction, and paddling trips. We also provide you with an opportunity to see the North Carolina mountains through any variety of these activities over one day or a series of days.

The adventure out west is not over see more photos of the Grand Canyon and our adventures in the desert southwest at: pvnc2az .