Monthly Archives: August 2014

Life – two Poems and a Prologue

Prologue A perennial question is: What is the purpose of life? This is not a hard question to answer. The answer is: Life is it’s own purpose. From a universe that consists of otherwise non-purposing entities, came a purposing entity. … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Crystal Rapid

Now comes Crystal, at Mile 98.8. It is one of the two most demanding rapids on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and the most feared rapid. This is because Crystal Rapid has an upper and lower section. The … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Hermit Rapid

Another of the greats, Hermit Rapid, at Mile 95.5, is unforgettable – at least if you’ve run it at a high enough level to experience its REALLY big waves (12,000 cfs or higher?). At one time, the rapid consisted of … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Granite Rapid

Granite Rapid, at Mile 93.9, is unique in a number of ways. The large delta at the mouth of Monument Canyon (river left) deflects the river hard into a vertical granite wall. Lateral waves rebound off the cliff, and intersect … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Creek and Horn Creek Rapid

Immediately downstream of Cremation Camp is the Kaibab bridge, the Bright Angel beach and the trail to Phantom Ranch, a short ways upstream on Bright Angel Creek. Waiting not far downstream of Bright Angel is Horn Creek Rapid, which gets … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Clear Creek to Cremation camp

Clear Creek Camp should not be missed. Wonderful rocks are found along the route downstream from the camp to the creek, and you can then hike upstream as far as you like. There are a few easy rapids in the … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Grapevine Rapid

Grapevine Rapid, at Mile 82.1,  follows Sockdolager Rapid in fairly quick succession. But, first, one comes to the spacious Grapevine Camp, on the left, at Mile 81.7. This camp does have, however, one particular danger associated with it, and that … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Sockdolager Rapid

At Mile 79.1, “Sock” is the first Upper Granite Gorge rapid, and it’s a good one. The entire look and feel of the Canyon has now changed. Steep gullies, sharp-edged ridges and pinnacles adorn the walls of dark schist. At … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – entering the Upper Granite Gorge

The Upper Granite Gorge begins where the run through Hance and Son of Hance rapids ends, at Mile 77.9.  The main rock type of the Upper Granite Gorge (and the other two Granite Gorges) is Vishnu Schist, a hard metamorphic … Continue reading

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The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – the “Enhanced” Hance Rapid

In August of 2012, a large flood in Red Canyon enlarged its delta, and eliminated the left run of Hance Rapid. The rock debris from the flood filled the channel that was positioned between the left shore and the rock … Continue reading

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