Hells Canyon

Oct 02, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

On this clear and very crisp autumn morning, we set off in jet boats to explore Hells Canyon. Carved over the last two million years by the Snake River, Hells Canyon is remote and rugged as it is wild. It is deeper than the Grand Canyon and in parts only accessible by the river.

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Grace Winer


Geologist and naturalist, Grace is a Montanan now living in Seattle. Grace received her degrees in geology (BS and MSc) from Montana State University. Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, she pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands. Here she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption. Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.

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