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The Emerald Mile : the epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon

Author: Kevin Fedarko
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Scribner trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In the winter of 1983, the largest El Niño event on record, a series of "superstorms," battered the West. That spring, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam. As the water filled the dam, worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a dramatic dam failure. In the midst of this crisis, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Kenton Grua; Kenton Grua; Kenton Grua
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Fedarko
ISBN: 9781439159866 1439159866 9781439159866 1439159866
OCLC Number: 881830011
Description: xiv, 417 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The world beneath the rims. First contact ; The grand old man ; Into the great unknown --
pt. 2. America's pyramids. The kingdom of water ; Flooding the cathedral --
pt. 3. The sweet lines of desire. Dories ; The golden age of guiding ; Crystal genesis ; The death of the Emerald Mile --
pt. 4. The master of the Emerald Mile. The factor ; Speed ; Thunder on the water --
pt. 5. The gathering storm. Deluge ; Into the bedrock ; The mouth of the dragon ; Raising the castle walls --
pt. 6. The maelstrom. The grand confluence ; The white demon ; Ghost boat ; The doing of the thing --
pt. 7. The speed run. The old man himself ; Perfection in a wave ; The reckoning ; Beneath the river of shooting stars ; Tail waves ; The trial ; Epilogue: The legend of the Emerald Mile.
Responsibility: Kevin Fedarko.

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In the winter of 1983, the largest El Niño event on record, a series of "superstorms," battered the West. That spring, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam. As the water filled the dam, worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a dramatic dam failure. In the midst of this crisis, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden boat, a dory named the Emerald Mile, into the Colorado just below the dam's base and rocketed downstream, where the torrents of water released by the dam engineers had created a maelstrom. The river was already choked with the wreckage of commercial rafting trips: injured passengers clung to the remnants of three-ton motorboats that had been torn to pieces. The chaos had claimed its first fatality, further launches were forbidden, and rangers were conducting the largest helicopter evacuation in the history of Grand Canyon National Park. A river run under such conditions seemed to border on the suicidal, but Kenton Grua, the captain of that dory, planned to use the flood as a hydraulic slingshot that would hurl him and two companions through the most ferocious white water in North America on the fastest boat ride ever through the Grand Canyon.

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