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Eugene Buchanan waits in his kayak late last month as members of his Peruvian expedition lower a raft filled with supplies into the Colca Canyon. The water in the canyon was higher and colder than they'd expected, slowing the eight-member team and preventing them from navigating all 20 of the canyon's unexplored miles. Buchanan was the only one with a kayak, but the cold waters prevented his fellow explorers from swimming along beside him.

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Indiana Jones would be proud

Steamboat outdoors enthusiast travels to unexplored canyon

Call it "Eugene Buchanan and the Search for Inca Gold," or maybe "Eugene Buchanan and the Death-Defying Canyon." Midway through his amazing Indiana Jones-esque adventure in Peru's Colca Canyon, Steamboat Springs' Eugene Buchanan was sure only that he wanted to be somewhere else.

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