Amber Shannon is 27 years old and what she really wants to do with her life is “rowing little wooden boats down big rapids with big canyon walls”.

Shannon has been rowing a baggage boat for O.A.R.S (a business which organizes Grand Canyon Colorado River trips by dory) down the Grand Canyon’s current for nine years, but many others had to wait much longer to get their hands on a dory. She’ll have to prove herself first.

John shocklee, veteran boatman, had to wait twenty years to get a dory on Arizona’s Colorado River. He explains: “It’s definitely easier to get a PhD than it is to get a dory here on the Grand Canyon”.

Watch Amber Shannon nail her rite of passage and earn her oars in this awesome video.