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Old 07-17-2016   #11
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Been reading a fair bit of Craig Childs lately, mostly on foot exploration in the southwest, Anasazi history, miss adventures, and so forth. To all the awesome river running books listed I'll ad The Liquid Locomotive, and some Neally if you can get your hands on it! Whitewater Tales of Terror was awesome!
Oh, big water little boats, and of course, Exploration of the Colorado River and it's Canyons.

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Old 07-17-2016   #12
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Tony Hillerman: A Thief Of Time

Great book blending fact and fiction featuring the San Juan River from SI to MH.
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Old 07-17-2016   #13
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Originally Posted by pinemnky13 View Post
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Here ya go. Now read em and get smarterer
I'm biased, but yes to Halfway to Halfway.
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Old 07-17-2016   #14
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Great thread - thank you. Here are some of my faves: Merciless Eden by Doug Timms about the Main Salmon; Indian Creek Chronicles by Peter Fromm about life for a year in the Selway Wilderness; Anything Worth Doing by Jo Deurbrouck; Half way to Half Way; and River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard.

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Old 07-18-2016   #15
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You can't go wrong w Craig child's. Great author. Also, down the great unknown is a great read, and finally, if you've ever run diamond down or are familiar with the Las Vegas, Hoover dam area, desert riverman is a great book.

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Old 07-18-2016   #16
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The Last Voyageur, by Vince Welch. About Amos Berg, an early river runner.

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Old 07-18-2016   #17
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Emerald Mile- awesome book about speed run down the grand in '84. Read it while doing grand and realized that I had just run into a guide who was in the book.

+1 on The Emerald Mile. Cadillac Desert will fascinate river people as well.

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Old 07-18-2016   #18
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Originally Posted by evL_MT View Post
Oh, great response folks.

I wanted to add ::

Western Whitewater
"From the Rockies to the Pacific"
By Jim Cassady, Bill Cross, and Fryar Calhoun
Publisher is North Fork Press - ISBN 0-9613650-4-8
I'll second this - the essay's are great and river descriptions set the standard for guidebooks as far as I'm concerned.

Another good book is The Complete Whitewater Rafter by Jeff Bennett as there's lots of good technical information about running rivers and he also includes history of river running and how we came to the modern types of boats and setups we have now days.

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Down the Great Unknown, of course, John Wesly Powell's trip and Undaunted Courage about lewis and clarks adventure
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If you liked Undaunted Courage, read Astoria by Peter Stark. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Chronicles the journey of two by sea and one overland to establish the first permanent trading post on the Northwest Coast.

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