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 is rockfall. Rocks have fallen from the vertical wall of schist that backs the camp and injured river runners that were sleeping at its base.

Grapevine is not as hard as Sockdolager, but there is one hole that can flip you. It’s located close to the end of the rapid, where it narrows, and right of center. Keep your eyes open for it. 17 photos

Downstream view, below Sockdolager Rapid

Downstream view, below Sockdolager Rapid

Morning at Grapevine Camp, upstream view

Morning at Grapevine Camp, upstream view

Ringtail, at Grapevine camp

Ringtail, at Grapevine Camp

Morning at Grapevine camp, downstream view

Morning at Grapevine Camp, downstream view

Scouting Grapevine. Mark and Debbie are on their way. This is one of my favorite sculpted rocks in the Canyon.

Scouting Grapevine. Mark and Debbie are on their way. This is one of my favorite sculpted rocks in the Canyon.

Ethan Miller takes the left tongue

Ethan Miller takes the left tongue

AZRA boatman Dave Lowry stands to check his line of approach

AZRA boatman Dave Lowry stands to check his line of approach

About to drop off the tongue. Very muddy water, due to a big flashflood in the Little Colorado river

On the tongue. The very muddy water is due to a 5000 cfs flash flood in the Little Colorado river the night before.

Ethan and Andrew Miller

Ethan and Andrew Miller

The result of hitting the hole mentioned above

The result of hitting the hole mentioned above

A huge seam of the Zoroaster Granite forms this imposing buttress that stands just below the finish of Grapevine Rapid

A huge seam of the Zoroaster Granite forms this imposing buttress that stands just below the finish of Grapevine Rapid

Sculpted schist

Sculpted schist

Approaching 83 Mile Rapid. The small butte seen on the horizon stands on the downstream side of Clear Creek

Approaching 83 Mile Rapid. The small butte (Pt. 3829) seen on the horizon stands on the downstream side of Clear Creek.

The tongue of 83 Mile Rapid is on the right. On the left are some nasty pour-overs.

The tongue of 83 Mile Rapid (Mile 84.1) is on the right. On the left are some nasty pour-overs.

That water is red!

That water is red!

Kathy rows an AZRA boat in 83 Mile Rapid

Kathy rows an AZRA boat in 83 Mile Rapid

Fluted and polished black schist, river left

Fluted and polished black schist, river left

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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