Matt Moseley Does Swimming Descent Down Canyonlands

Matt Moseley Does Swimming Descent Down Canyonlands

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In his third major solo swim* over the last 13 months, Matthew Moseley completed an unprecedented 47.5-mile (76.4 km) downriver swimming descent of the Colorado River in 13 hours 56 minutes on July 29th.

With the support of Kristin Moseley. Coach Randy Soler, Allen Blow, Mark Williams. and Tom Winter, I swam through the Canyonlands from Potash Point outside of Moab to the confluence of the Green River. The Colorado is the most endangered river in America and I swam for American Rivers and the great work they do.”

The conservation organization American Rivers named the Colorado River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® for the past three years. “The Colorado River is facing serious threats, and Moseley’s extraordinary personal and physical effort helps signal to users of the Colorado Basin that we are all in this together. While this swim is a major undertaking, we can all take steps in our own lives to keep the river healthy and flowing,” said Matt Rice, Director of the Colorado Basin Program at American Rivers.

Moseley encouraged supporters to make a donation to American Rivers to boost efforts to protect and restore the Colorado River and rivers nationwide. “The swim was done as a celebration for the hard work and remarkable accomplishments of American Rivers. I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make my dream a reality. Being the first person to accomplish this swim is not only a milestone in my own life, but it is a humbling experience to know how many people supported me along the way.”

Photos by Tom Winter who captured images of his solo swim.

*Including a 25-mile crossing of Lake Pontchartrain and a 24-mile swim from the Island of Culebra to Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

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