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Old 10-21-2010   #11
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I enjoyed "Hell or High Water". Others have already mentioned other one's I would recommend...While not a book, this article (and an excerpt of the advertised book, "The Liquid Locomotive", which I have not read) is a good read. Walt Blackadar's journal entries of his solo descent of the Alsek: Walt Blackadar's Solo Descent of Alsek River on

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Old 10-21-2010   #12
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really enjoyed this one

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Old 10-21-2010   #13
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This is a fine read about the politics, personalities, and river runners on both sides of the Glen Canyon dam issue.

A Story That Stands Like a Dam: Glen Canyon and the Struggle for the Soul of the West by Russell Martin.
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Old 10-21-2010   #14
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If you liked "There's this river" then you will like the short the stories in "The liquid locomotive". Count introduced me to that book.
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Old 10-21-2010   #15
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I enjoyed “River of Doubt: Theodor Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey”. It’s the true story of Roosevelt’s search for adventure by mapping a tributary of the Amazon after losing the 1912 election.

They did things different back then.

One thing you'll learn is Teddy Roosevelt was a Bad Ass Mo-Fo!

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Old 10-22-2010   #16
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Another fun read is "Adios Amigos" by Page Stegner. Its a series of short stories about trips down the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan, and Dolores rivers.
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Old 10-22-2010   #17
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Read the journals by the Kolb Brothers. Also the lost journals of Powells "First through Grand Canyon" first trip are very interesting. Comparing his version to his crews is fun. Dellenbaugh's "A Canyon Voyage" will give you a pretty good history of early canyon adventures. Micheal Gighlearli's "Canyon" is perhaps the best overall history of Grand Canyon boating. I have about 50 more if your interested.
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Old 10-22-2010   #18
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If you're looking for guidebooks, try the Quinn series: Handbook to the Middle Fork, Handbook to the Rogue, Handbook to the Klamath, Handbook to the Deschutes, Handbook to the Illinois, and maybe some others. Their mile-by-mile, rock-by-rock descriptions are the most detailed ever published. If anything, they are too detailed, because of the propensity for rivers and rapids to change.
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Old 10-22-2010   #19
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I'll second "River of Doubt" and "Undaunted Courage".
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Originally Posted by Boilerblues View Post
I'll second "River of Doubt" and "Undaunted Courage".
I'll thirds them and raise the ante with the arch 'Hell or High Water" book by Ian Baker "The Heart of the World"

Some other offerings (may not all be river books but good reading imho):
"The Very Hard Way" about Bert Loper
"River Horse" William Least Heat-Moon
Anything written by Eric Shipton or Bill Tilman
"Kabloona in a Yellow Kayak"
"Kayaking the Vermillion Sea"

more snow = more water
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