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
Morning at Grapevine Camp, upstream view
Ringtail, at Grapevine Camp
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.
Ethan Miller takes the left tongue
AZRA boatman Dave Lowry stands to check his line of approach
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
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
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 (Mile 84.1) is on the right. On the left are some nasty pour-overs.
That water is red!
Kathy rows an AZRA boat in 83 Mile Rapid
Fluted and polished black schist, river left