A river runner's guide to the history of the Grand Canyon by Kim Crumbo

By Kim Crumbo

A River Runner's consultant to the heritage of the Grand Canyon is an extraordinary and engaging depiction of man's background within the Grand Canyon, and contains early river runners, miners, settlers, fortune hunters, and so forth. Following the river's chronology, occasions are tied to areas in a mile-by-mile series for reference whereas working the river. The textual content is keyed to the maps that stick to (from Escalante to Grand Wash Cliffs). integrated is a bibliography, and maps by means of Llyn French.

"Everything during this ebook is immensely attention-grabbing to all who perform a Canyon voyage, most likely simply because, being human, we discover the common scene too unusual and overwhelming to be totally comprehended and loved for its personal sake alone." ~ from the Foreword, by means of Edward Abbey

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Extreme pressures and temperatures altered the old shales into an entirely different metamorphosed rock called schist. 6 billion years ago, lightcolored molten granite intruded into the darker schists. The abundance of granitic outcrops within the schist, and the fact that the hard Vishnu creates its own rapidfilled inner chasm, prompted early explorers to call this region the Granite Gorge. There are three similar Page 31 gorges within the Grand Canyon. The next 40 miles of river is referred to as the First or Upper Granite Gorge.

In 1937, Buzz Holmstrum, the first man to intentionally run the Grand Canyon alone, stopped here for supplies. Buzz floated the river from Page 6 Green River, Wyoming, and after a quick but inadequate look at his map, expected an easy stroll from the river at Navajo Bridge to Marble Canyon Lodge. The 400-foot escarpment came as quite a jolt. 1. 0 Badger Rapid Map 1 Along its 280-mile course through the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River drops approximately 2,200 feet in elevation. Although rapids make up less than 10 percent of the horizontal distance, they account for more than 50 percent of the vertical descent.

Without the care normally Wilson Taylor (second from Left) and Esmeralda II Page 37 reserved for a man of Wilson's age, crewmen hauled him back to safety. " Six years later, Willie died of a heart attack in Marble Canyon. 5. 8 Bass Rapid Map 11 William Wallace Bass, a prospector, miner, and tour guide, arrived at the Grand Canyon about 1884. Bass constructed a trail from his South Rim tourist camp to the river and up Shinumo Canyon, where he developed a tent camp, garden, and orchard. Early river crossings required a boat, but by 1908 Bass had installed a cable crossing with a cage large enough for horses.

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