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  • Copyright: 1992-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
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Fasten your life jacketsfor a ride you'll never forget. Now the excitement of a raft trip through the Grand Canyon has been re-created by a seasoned whitewater guide with a passion to share one of the world's most fantastic journeys. Michael Ghiglieri, a professional river guide for more than 17 years, has written the first book to describe that trip from the modern boatman's point of view. From Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek, Ghiglieri leads you down 226 miles of wild river and through some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth. Along the way, he navigates the Colorado River's dozens of notorious rapids--many of which drop fifteen feet or more--and shares the excitement of waves and boulders, thunder and foam. Recounting a real journey through this geological wonder, Canyoninterweaves heart-pounding adventure with factual insights into the world of Grand Canyon. Between the rapids, Ghiglieri relates tales of river runners past and present, lessons in geology and wildlife, observations on the impact of Glen Canyon Dam, and stories of Native inhabitants, from Anasazi ancestors to Havasupai Rastafarians. This trip also offers more than its share of human drama for the passengers aboard, leaving them with tales of their own to tell. "Running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is to me the most impressive journey on our planet," writes Ghiglieri, "an adventure that leaves no traveler unchanged." For anyone who has ever shared or contemplated that adventure, Canyonrecreates an unforgettable ride.

Table of Contents

Map of Grand Canyon
The Geology of Grand Canyon
A Monster Is Bornp. 3
An Agreeably Confused Appearancep. 24
Into the Canyonp. 37
Shinumop. 54
Entropy and the Sacred Cowsp. 70
Major Challengesp. 86
Desert Primevalp. 105
Enemy Ancestorsp. 119
Cliff and the Great Unknownp. 138
The Aisle of the Conquistadoresp. 150
Thunderp. 163
Raiders of the Lost Parkp. 180
The Honeymoonersp. 198
Radioactive Oasisp. 210
Lavap. 233
Golf Ball Beachp. 247
Diamond Is a Girl's Best Friend?p. 263
Epiloguep. 281
Selected Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 293
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