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Want to run the Grand? Get in line . . . for up to 20 years!

The wait for a non-commercial permit to run the Grand Canyon is now between 20 and 25 years. But you can get on a commercial trip tomorrow --- if you can afford it.

Every boater who has run the Grand Canyon or hopes to run it needs to be aware of the issues surrounding non-commercial permits in the Canyon.

Author Tom Martin will be in Salida Colorado at Bongo Billys Salida Cafe at 7:30 p.m.,Feb 8th, to update local boaters on the controversial Colorado River Management Plan (CRMP) now in progress for Grand Canyon National Park, and how this plan will affect the boating public. Tom will illustrate his talk with a slide show on the Grand Canyon based on his book, Day Hikes from the River: A Guide to 100 Hikes from Camps on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

The highly controversial CRMP, which was stopped by the Park in 2000, was restarted as part of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by river
running groups and individuals. The public comment period during the past
summer gathered over 50,000 comments.

"The waiting list is so long, those at the bottom of the list will wait an
incredible 20 years to get permission to run the river." said Martin "The
vast majority of permits go out to commercial concessionaires and the
boating public is left with no reasonable access. What is at stake is public
access to the greatest river trip in the world."

The free slide show will be open to the public and features beautiful
vistas illustrating Grand Canyon hikes you can do from the river and
exciting river running shots.

Tom will be signing books, the sale of which will benefit River Runners for
Wilderness, a non-profit group which is sponsoring the event. RRFW
represents the interests of the boating public. Marshall Welding, manufacturers of superior quality whitewater boating equipment is sponsoring the event locally.

Tom will present an update on the Colorado River Management Plan in Grand Canyon National Park, and on his book, Day Hikes From The River: A guide to 100 hikes from camps on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, second edition. Tom will be showing lots of pictures of the canyon and canyon hikes, like Cardenas, Bass Camp, Hell's Hollow, Parashant and such, plus lots of boating photos like running a pool-toy boat through the hole at know, typical river fun! After the slideshow, Tom will be encouraging an open discussion on Grand Canyon river management.

Tom Martin has been hiking in Grand Canyon from river rafting trips since
1969. He has participated on scientific rafting trips as a field technician,
worked as a commercial river guide, and been a permit holder on
non-commercial rafting trips through Grand Canyon. With multiple first
ascents through the Redwall Limestone and numerous ascents of Grand Canyon named buttes in day hikes from the river, the author has hiked enough of Grand Canyon to be able to say "Of the cat that is Grand Canyon, I have seen one hair." Tom is currently Co-Director of River Runners for Wilderness, and has also co-founded the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association and the Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers Association. Tom currently works as a physical therapist at the Grand Canyon Walk-In Medical Clinic at the South
Rim, Grand Canyon National Park.

If you need directions or additional information, please feel free to contact me, Marshall at [email protected]

Hope to see you there
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