May 2010 Grand Canyon

September 9, 2010 at 16:56 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In mid May, I joined a party of 16 to descend the Grand Canyon from Lee’s Ferry to Pearce Ferry where the Colorado emerges from the confines of the magnificent canyon country. It was an amazing trip full of spectacular scenery, frothing big water rapids, incredible side canyon hikes, and some exciting waterfall and rock climbing both along the canyon walls riverside and up the side canyons. The Geology spread before the riverman fills many books and seeps into your psyche until you arrive at Geolic Rock Bottom where you can sit and hike along the great unconformity a layer in the rock where maybe as much as 2.5 million years spans the gap of the erosion rock building above which started at least 250 million years ago, though do not quote my dates.. The towers of rock surround you all day and despite the best of intentions to attention there comes time where the body must eat, load/unload, walk, and run rapids and row and paddle downstream the 280 miles. This was my third trip down the canyon and second in two years. This trip found me rowing my 15 foot hyside raft and alternating days in the riot thunder 76 with my boat partner Capo. We made a great team enjoying each other’s style and glad to switch up the duties of rowing and paddling to keep the muscles from fraying with tendonitis. The party consisted mostly of Bitterrooters with a couple folks from Colorado and Washington. With numerous older family groups and a great age spread the party had a great cross section of ages and and experience. We experienced no injuries or setbacks due to illness and only occasionally struggled with group dynamics and differing perspectives and desires. I look forward to another trip down the river and hope to take my own family down the river someday.

Floating the Grand Canyon a boater's paradise

A hole in the wall spring creates a lushness in the desert

California Condor soars by in Marble Canyon

waterfall climbing

Lots of calm stretches

Night Eyes

House Rock Rapids

Cliff Jumping from the lip of another geologic phenomenon

Red Wall Cavern

At the mouth of the abandoned Dam site

Pariah canyon...maybe

Great Cragging

The Anasazi Granaries

Out of the kayak for the first time in six descents

The Little Colorado's milky blueness


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