For over 100 years, the Grand Canyon has challenged filmmakers with some of the roughest conditions on Earth. In June, with help from Google, 360 Labs took the Jump 360º 3D camera system on a 10 day river trip with Western River Expeditions.

VR producer, Matt Rowell managed 32 GoPro cameras across multiple 360º arrays for the principle photography on "As It Is: A Grand Canyon VR Documentary" due out this winter across a variety of platforms. 

In this Jump piece, we explore just a few of it's wonders while listening to the final night's passage in the journal of Buzz Holmstrom who rowed the length of the Colorado River from Wyoming to Hoover Dam in a handmade boat in 1937. He did it alone.

On one tough hike, Matt took a hard fall in a slot canyon with the Jump camera case. Fortunately, Matt wasn't seriously injured, but inside the case, one of the GoPro lenses was badly scratched and resulted in a vertical blur in a few of these Jump shots.

Many thanks to our Kickstarter backers, Google, YouTube, Western River Expeditions and our incredible guides, as well as our fellow Google Trusted Photographer, Daniel Luke Holton. 

Check out the 360 video trailer for "As It Is" to explore the Grand Canyon even further in VR -

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