Chris Bacon burst onto the film-scoring scene with his full-throttled score for Duncan Jonesʼs hit thriller Source Code. Having cut his teeth as a protégé—orchestrating, co-composing, and writing additional music—of James Newton Howard (on films like Gnomeo and Juliet and King Kong), Bacon made his solo debut with the score for Angels Fall and hasnʼt looked back. He gave animated accompaniments to Space Chimps and Alpha and Omega. Chris grew up in Utah playing piano and saxophone and studied composition in college. He moved to Los Angeles to attend USCʼs film scoring program, which resulted in his apprenticeship with Howard.

Composer partner with Chris Bacon: Gad Emile Zeitune is an American music composer who is working with the composers James Newton Howard and Chris Bacon. He is known for the work on the films includes Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Alpha and Omega, Gnomeo & Juliet and Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike.

A former Navy Petty Officer, Lonnie Bedwell was critically injured during 1997 in a hunting accident that instantly took his sight. Nevertheless, he raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them all to hunt and fish — and, against all odds, to drive. Once the girls graduated from high school, Lonnie continued to challenge himself, ultimately becoming a renowned extreme sports athlete. When the threshold for running the Grand Canyon was placed at 1,000 kayak rolls, he took his donated kayak to the pond on his farm and rolled it 1,500 times. The rest is history. Lonnie has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro summited several of North America’s highest mountains, rock climbs, and is an avid downhill skier when he has time away from roofing work in his hometown of Duggar, IN.

Born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ, Harlan Taney has made a life of adventuring around the globe. He has kayaked exotic rivers from China to Norway, South America to New Zealand. For the last 18 years, Harlan has spent his summers as a Grand Canyon river guide amassing somewhere in the ballpark of 160 trips down the “Big Ditch.” He has joined Erik for adventures from Mexico and Peru to the Salmon River in Idaho and will serve as Erik’s primary guide in the Canyon. In 2012, Harlan attempted a solo speed run of the Grand Canyon, to paddle the 277-mile stretch in 36 hours. Harlan is the owner and operator of 4 Corner Film Logistics, managing productions for National Geographic, Discovery, NBC and the BBC to name a few. He lives in Flagstaff with is two young daughters.

Although they only live 10 miles from each other, Rob Raker first met Erik in an unlikely location, Antarctica. A documentary filmmaker, Rob was on an expedition to document an ascent of the tallest peak on the continent, the Vinson Massif, while Erik was climbing the peak as part of his goal to climb the Seven Summits. But it wasn’t until Rob was on assignment to film Erik on some of his exploits that they became good friends. Since then, they have rock climbed, ice climbed, skied, ice skated, paddle-boarded, bicycled, kayaked and traveled to over a dozen countries together.

Raised in Fort Collins, CO, Skyler Williams has undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. For the last ten years, he has been a key part of Erik Weihenmayer’s business team, handling day-to-day operations and business development in addition to training and adventuring with Erik. Skyler started kayaking, at first to train with Erik, but over several years, after lots of rolls and several swims has developed his own passion and enjoyment of the sport. He has joined expeditions to Mexico, Peru, Idaho, Utah and the Grand Canyon and handles much of the behind the scenes coordination for Erik’s expeditions and training. Skyler also enjoys, trail running, skiing, mountain biking. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Golden, CO.

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