The year was 1938, and three French paddlers had taken it upon themselves to be the first to paddle the untamed and un-dammed rivers of the American west. They took with them on their expedition a camera to capture their adventure on 16mm color film and the footage has sat in archives for years. That was, until recently when the Les Voyageurs Sans Trace team decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the French  ‘travelers without trace’ by using the footage, along with some newly captured expedition and historical commentary, to tell the trio’s story through a new film slated for release in the Fall of 2013. See more details about the upcoming film here. Some of our favorite brands and paddlers will be a part of this project, including GSI Outdoors, Kokatat, Pelican, Werner Paddles, Outdoor Research, Rite in the Rain, Pyranha and Klean Kanteen.

Les Voyageurs Sans Trace from Ian McCluskey on Vimeo.