Canyon

Michael P. Ghiglieri

Published by University of Arizona Press, 1992
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Synopsis: 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.

From Kirkus Reviews: Ghiglieri--ecologist, white-water guide, author of East of the Mountains of the Moon (1988)--provides a mile-by-mile tour of the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River--a grab-bag of the sort of historical, geological, political, and anecdotal tidbits he apparently offers his white-watering guests, and a definitive source book for those who decide to take the challenge. Adrenaline Alley, Crystal Rapid, Soap Creek, Lava Canyon--the picturesque names of these spectacular Grand Canyon geological formations offer a hint as to why Ghiglieri claims to consider the Canyon his personal ``sacred ground.'' Now an experienced guide who, when not pursuing scientific research projects in other parts of the world, takes boatloads of visitors down roller-coasterlike chutes, drops, and currents, Ghiglieri has settled down long enough to write the type of Grand Canyon guidebook that he claims he always wished he could find. Taking the reader along on an imaginary white-water journey, the author intersperses accounts of experiences he's had along the trail (hiking with flight attendants who insist on photographing one another naked on the cliffs; interrupting a tour to greet his first child, born in nearby Flagstaff and named, naturally, ``Cliff'') with passionate diatribes on the politics of water supply and its effect on the Colorado; evocations of the lives of the Anasazi Indians, whose centuries-old abandoned villages still dot the Canyon; and an insider's description of the cliffs, valleys, and hiking trails that line the river. Though Ghiglieri's enthusiasm and concern for the Canyon and its future are obvious throughout, his workmanlike prose may serve less to transport readers than to inspire potential adventurers to join him there. (Map.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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