Clyde’s review of River Runners of the Grand
||This past weekend I watched the DVD, River
Runners of the Grand Canyon. If you’ve ever floated the
Grand Canyon or thought about floating it... heck, if you’ve
ever dipped an oar or a paddle in whitewater, you should enjoy this
In over two hours of photos and film you see the evolution of river
running from Powell and Stanton’s early trips to the present
day. What a delightful assortment of characters, mavericks and knuckleheads
who unfold over the years! Like Norm Nevills, who took his bride
on a honeymoon float in his mother’s wooden horse trough and
went on to pioneer early commercial trips. Or Bus Hatch, whose provision
list for an early trip consisted of whiskey and a gun. There’s
amazing footage from the earliest boaters who filmed the river and
lots of big whitewater action from the pre-dam era.
When you get together with your boating compadres to
plan next year’s adventures, watch this DVD together and raise
a toast to these Elders of the Tribe who cast off into unknown water
without the luxury of today’s detailed, GPS coordinated guidebooks
and high-tech equipment; and often just for the pure hell of it.
And hey, where else are you going to learn how Upset
Rapid got its name, Barry Goldwater’s place in river running history
and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle’s contribution to popularizing
Boat Often & Boat Safe!