Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

About the Authors

Laura and David are all smiles in a canyon in Ticino, Switzerland.

Over the years the wilderness has become our sanctuary. Within in it we are challenged both physically and mentally. Getting outdoors, away from the crowds, noise and distractions of daily living allows us to experience intimate spiritual challenges and emotions that we find nowhere else. David grew up in New Jersey and was hiking mountains by age five and skiing while still in diapers. Camping and hiking have always played a major role in David’s life and happiness. In 2001 David hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, walking from Mexico to Canada, in 4 1/2 months. Laura grew up in Virginia’s DC suburbs and always loved the outdoors especially the rocky cold beaches where her family would vacation every summer in Maine.

When we moved to Arizona in 2006 we were introduced to a sport that that put all of our outdoor adventure skills to the test. Canyoneering is the sport of exploring canyons. It involves, in no particular order: hiking, climbing, rappelling, swimming, navigation, teamwork, problem solving and physical endurance. Despite the discomfort one must sometimes tolerate in pursuit of this sport, we have fallen in love. Through photographs, words and video we want to share our passion and the rugged beauty we experience through canyoneering.

Laura and David are both professional photographers and the proud parents of their three children, Wyatt, Sam and Molly and their crazy Boston Terrier, Briscoe.

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  1. kelli said, on June 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Wow! great website, AMAZING photography! I just got into canyoneering myself this year with my boyfriend — so far nothing too technical though (salome jug, peter’s canyon, aravaipa, etc). Can’t wait to get comfortable enough to bring my good camera along. Your adventures documented here are pretty inspiring, I must say.

    From one adventurer to another, keep on posting!
    – Kelli

  2. Brad Armstrong said, on April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    David and Laura,

    This is amazing!!!!! I love this site. Seeing the adventures you’ve taken on I could only wish to experience. So beautiful and so absolutely isolated from our urban lives. You have seen and experienced places in Arizona and Utah that only a select few have experienced. You guys are modern day explorers. Stay safe! I hope you keep sharing your experiences. Take care, Brad

  3. Mike said, on November 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’m digging the website! I’m about to complete all the tributaries to Fish Creek Canyon in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness! It’s been a blast, and some of your pictures have inspired me to complete this challenge.

  4. Alisha the Explorer said, on July 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    David, I really like your writing style. You have some really good stories… I felt nervous reading some of them… what a challenge canyoneering looks to be!

  5. Erik B. said, on October 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Great trip reports! Excellent photos. What are you shooting? I’m your guy if you ever need a gear sherpa. 🙂

  6. awesomelyhumble said, on October 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Are you guys on Instagram? I’d love to follow your profile

    • canyoneering said, on October 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      @awesomelyhumble – I am not on instagram but I am on twitter @davidwallce if you want to follow. I post photos from this blog, updates on posts and stuff from my professional career as a staff photographer for the Arizona Republic.

  7. awesomelyhumble said, on October 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Awesome, I’m following you on Twitter then 😃

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