The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Deubendorff Rapid and Stone Creek, Mile 131


March, 2007. We arrived at Bedrock Rapid on a cold and rainy day. Unintentionally, of course, three of our rafts went left. One made it, one flipped and one was maneuvered out of the river left eddy with ropes from river left and the Island, and managed to avoid a high-side against the Island. It rained the entire time, and the wettened polished rock on the Island and the far side was slick, making for very insecure footing. We called it quits for the day upon arrival at Below Bedrock Camp, Mile 131.1. We needed to warm up. It was mid-afternoon, which provided lots of time for sitting around the fire and/or taking a look around.

We put up camp and gathered around the fire

We put up camp and gathered around the fire

Agave cactus

Agave cactus

The colorful Bass Limestone

The colorful Bass Limestone

The colorful Bass Limestone

The colorful Bass Limestone

The colorful Bass Limestone

The colorful Bass Limestone, artistic version

This camp was located at the mouth of a small canyon, in the diabase rock that is exposed here. This is a prickly pear cactus.

This camp was located at the mouth of a small canyon, in the diabase rock that is exposed here. This is a prickly pear cactus.

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Barrel cactus

Claret cup cactus and upstream view to Bedrock Rapid

Claret cup cactus and upstream view to Bedrock Rapid

Hedgehog cactus

Hedgehog cactus

Blooming brittlebush in the side canyon

Blooming brittlebush in the side canyon

A small jump in the canyon

A small jump in the canyon

Fluted boulder of unusual pink schist

Fluted boulder of unusual pink limestone (?)

Blooming Mormon Tea

Blooming Mormon Tea

Supai Sandstone boulder

Supai Sandstone boulder

Brittlebush and downstream view from Below Bedrock camp, Mile 131.1

Brittlebush and downstream view from Below Bedrock camp, Mile 131.1

The next morning was sunny, but with clouds hanging on the Canyon rims. We arrived at Deubendorff Rapid, Mile 131.7, in a few minutes.

Ethan Miller, on the tongue of Deubendorff Rapid, with view up Galloway Canyon

Ethan Miller, on the tongue of Deubendorff Rapid, with a view up Galloway Canyon to the North Rim

Ethan nears the turn to the right

Ethan nears the turn to the right

Other photos of Deubendorff Rapids.

CJ approaches the tongue

CJ approaches the tongue

Off to the races!

Off to the races!

I'm in the front of the boat, with my waterproof Olympus camera

I’m in the front of the boat, with my waterproof Olympus camera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On the turn to the right

Deubendorff view

Deubendorff view. The beach at Stone Creek is seen at top left.

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Looking straight downward at a sculpted limestone boulder, alongside Deubendorff Rapid

Stone Creek Camp, Mile 131.8.

Telephoto view upstream from Stone Creek. The telephoto lens foreshorten the view of Deubendorff Rapid

Telephoto view upstream from Stone Creek Camp. The telephoto lens foreshortens the view of Deubendorff Rapid

Stone Creek beach, view downstream

Stone Creek beach, view downstream

Stone Creek breakfast. Life is good!

Stone Creek breakfast, with Mark and Dulce. Life is good!

Stone Creek waterfall

Stone Creek waterfall

Note: This and prior posts on the subject of running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon are excerpted from my iBook: “The Grand, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a Photo Journey and Visual Guide, 2nd. edition”. The book costs $5.99 and is available from the iTunes Store, using this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1

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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2 Responses to The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – Deubendorff Rapid and Stone Creek, Mile 131

  1. Steve says:

    Hey, great photos! But your “Bass Limestone” is actually the Hakatai Shale!

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    • believesteve says:

      The Bass Limestone is an unusual-looking rock, seen only in a few places in the Canyon. It’s highly metamorphosed and appears in association with other rocks in the Grand Canyon Supergroup. Ledges of the Bass are seen below the Tapeats on river left at Mile 137, along with other Grand Canyon Supergroup rocks. These will be shown in upcoming posts.

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