Canyon

Canyon

by Michael P. Ghiglieri
     
 

Fasten your life jackets for 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

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Fasten your life jackets for 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, Canyon interweaves 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, Canyon recreates an unforgettable ride.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816512867
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
02/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Grand Canyon
The Geology of Grand Canyon
Preface
1A Monster Is Born3
2An Agreeably Confused Appearance24
3Into the Canyon37
4Shinumo54
5Entropy and the Sacred Cows70
6Major Challenges86
7Desert Primeval105
8Enemy Ancestors119
9Cliff and the Great Unknown138
10The Aisle of the Conquistadores150
11Thunder163
12Raiders of the Lost Park180
13The Honeymooners198
14Radioactive Oasis210
15Lava233
16Golf Ball Beach247
17Diamond Is a Girl's Best Friend?263
Epilogue281
Selected References283
Index293

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