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 times, it can get very gloomy down in there. Sock is known for its V-Wave, which flips many boats. It waits menacingly, at the end of a long tongue. Lots of adrenaline, unless you have opted for the left sneak. 11 photos.

Sockdolager Rapid awaits, just downstream at Mile 79.1

Sockdolager Rapid, at Mile 79.1

Bearing down on the V-Wave

Bearing down on the V-Wave

In low water, Karen does the left sneak, in her dory "Quartzite Falls"

In low water, Karen does the left sneak, in her dory “Quartzite Falls”

Nearing the bottom of the rapid, marked by the flat-topped prow that sticks out from river left

Nearing the bottom of the rapid, marked by the flat-topped prow that sticks out from river left. Low water.

Brahm hits the V-Wave

Brahm hits the V-Wave

A commercial oar boat dives into the V-Wave

A commercial oar boat dives into the V-Wave

A commercial oar boat gets swallowed-up by the V-Wave

A commercial oar boat gets swallowed-up by the V-Wave

Fen does the left sneak

Fen does the left sneak

Kathy does the left sneak

Kathy does the left sneak. The breaking V-Wave looks particularly menacing.

Looking back

Looking back

The little rapid, downstream and around the corner from Sock

The little rapid, downstream and around the corner from Sock

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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