The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2014-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781439159866

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An award-winning Outside magazine writer documents the 1983 Colorado River flood that threatened the region with a catastrophic dam failure and prompted oarsman Kenton Grua's near-suicidal effort to navigate the turbulent waters of the Emerald Mile on a small wooden dory to achieve a world speed record.

The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-05-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781476735290

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From one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named “The Emerald Mile” at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in The Emerald Mile.

The Emerald Mile

The Emerald Mile
Author: Kevin Fedarko
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-05-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781439159859

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The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the "Emerald Mile," through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river.

There s this River

There s this River
Author: Christa Sadler
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 208
Release: 1994
Genre: History
ISBN: STANFORD:36105029152282

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Breaking Into the Current

Breaking Into the Current
Author: Louise Teal
Publsiher: University of Arizona Press
Total Pages: 204
Release: 1994-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0816514291

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In 1973, Marilyn Sayre gave up her job as a computer programmer and became the first woman in twenty years to run a commercial boat through the Grand Canyon. Georgie White had been the first, back in the 1950s, but it took time before other women broke into guiding passengers down the Colorado River. This book profiles eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, weaving together their various experiences in their own words. Breaking Into the Current is a story of romance between women and a place. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. Some speak of how they balanced their passion for being in the Canyon against the frustration of working in a traditionally male-oriented occupation, where today women account for about fifteen percent of the Canyon's commercial river guides. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts. "I've done a lot," says Becca Lawton, "but there's been nothing like holding those oars in my hands and putting my boat exactly where I wanted it. Nothing."

Grand Canyon Women

Grand Canyon Women
Author: Betty Leavengood
Publsiher: Grand Canyon Association
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2004
Genre: History
ISBN: 0938216783

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Grand Canyon Women tells the humorous and heartbreaking stories of twenty-six remarkable women—Native Americans, river runners, scientists, wranglers, architects, rangers, hikers, and housewives—each of whom, in the midst of nature's indiscriminate universe, discovers her identity.

The Grand Canyon Reader

The Grand Canyon Reader
Author: Lance Newman
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2011-09
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780520270787

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Presents an anthology of stories, essays, and poems that looks at the Grand Canyon.

Canyon

Canyon
Author: Michael Patrick Ghiglieri
Publsiher: University of Arizona Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 1992-02
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 0816512868

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The author, a professional river guide for seventeen years, describes a trip along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, and shares his impressions of the natural history of the region