By Kim Crumbo
A River Runner's advisor to the background of the Grand Canyon is an extraordinary and engaging depiction of man's background within the Grand Canyon, and comprises early river runners, miners, settlers, fortune hunters, and so on. 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 with (from Escalante to Grand Wash Cliffs). incorporated is a bibliography, and maps via Llyn French.
"Everything during this publication is immensely fascinating to all who perform a Canyon voyage, most likely simply because, being human, we discover the ordinary 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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They spent the next morning retrieving the equipment at Soap Creek, one mile upstream. 4 Sheer Wall Rapid Map 2 As late as the 1920s, no detailed plan and profile map of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon existed. In 1923, under the leadership of Colonel Claude H. S. Geological Survey launched its own map-making expedition to locate future dam sites. At Tanner Wash the expedition "reached a rapid that lay between vertical cliffs which rose directly from the water," allowing no opportunity to scout or portage.
The Little Colorado's high salt content, coupled with the frequency and severity of floods, undoubtedly discouraged prehistoric farmers from occupying the narrow gorge. Nevertheless, the Hopi, and possibly their Pueblo ancestors, considered the junction of the Little Colorado and the main stream sacred. Salt located in deposits near Mile 63 on the Colorado is used by the Hopi for ceremonial purposes. The ancient trail to these sanctified deposits begins in Moenkopi and enters the Little Colorado seven miles up the tributary at Salt Trail Canyon.
These things shall pass, the Canyon will outlive them all. The grandeur of the Canyon confers dignity on every form of life within its walls, even down unto the meanest and the most petty. It is an honor to be a visitor in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, as it is an honor and a privilege to be alive, however briefly, on this marvelous planet we call Earth. Long live the wilderness! Edward Abbey Wolf Hole, Arizona Page v Introduction The Colorado River is renowned for its whitewater, as it should be.
A river runner's guide to the history of the Grand Canyon by Kim Crumbo