"A New Way Downstream" is the fifth and final installment in the five-part Powell to Powell series debuting on CanoeKayak.com. (Click HERE to watch the preview.)

The film series builds toward the Tuesday print release of C&K‘s June 2013 issue, in which a feature story chronicles the story of a group of college friends paddling the Colorado River from its headwaters down in back-to-back, historic high- and low-water years. Powell to Powell documents the crew’s 2012 expedition starting from the alpine Lake Powell source of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park, navigating endless diversions and dams, to its “terminus” at the Glen Canyon Dam at the end of the vast Lake Powell reservoir.

Punctuated by a series of interviews along the way with water experts of all kinds, ranging from farmers, ranchers, politicians and environmental nonprofits, the series seeks to spread understanding of the ecological issues and threats facing a used and abused river drainage at risk. This fifth episode shows the crew’s final solar-powered voyage across Lake Powell after an epic downriver journey from packrafts to whitewater boats to sea kayaks to rafts.

For more information check out downthecolorado.org and stateoftherockies.com.

WATCH MORE ‘Powell to Powell’:
Click HERE to watch Episode One: Complicating the Divide
Click HERE to watch Episode Two: Profit and Play
Click HERE to watch Episode Three: The Desert Blooms
Click HERE to watch Episode Four: Confluence

READ MORE: Check out a film project from another group of college paddlers who used the same solar-powered raft in a 2012 Colorado River journey HERE.