In 1983, Mike Taggett, the founder of @chumsusa, was embarking upon his third year as a boatman with Martin Litton’s Grand Canyon Dories in the Grand Canyon. A GCD trip down the Colorado was 18-22 days back then, and Litton ran his operation with beautiful, painted wooden dories – fast, responsive, and easy to right in the event of a flip.
Spring of 1983 marked the end of a tremendous snow season, resulting in high and fast runoff from the Colorado mountains. Lake Powell was at capacity with the risk of overflowing, forcing the opening of the spillways from Glen Canyon. Downriver water ran at more than double its normal flow, measuring 40,000 cfs and above – rates that had never been seen before. -
Most big rapids had washed out, creating large whirlpools and eddies, but Crystal Rapid had turned into a huge reversing wall of water, known as a hydraulic jump. And by the time Mike's trip got to Lava Falls, it was running at almost 100,000 cfs! The current ran fast all the way to shore, and it was hard just making it into the eddies for some of the camps. Throughout the trip, the Park Service dropped notes from helicopters with high water warnings and river closure notices.
Passengers had no idea why the guides were a bit jittery, as most of the rapids weren’t big, but the water was fast. Not many can say they experienced those epic days on the Colorado in 1983, and Taggett is lucky to own a piece of history on that river that will likely never be repeated. -
Awesome story and image from @oars_rafting and Rudy Petschek. If you’re looking for a splashy summer adventure check them out.
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The Colorado River from Nankoweap. This was one of my favorite stops on our trip. A short hike leads to the iconic Nankoweap Granaries and sweeping vistas of the river snaking through the canyon. This iconic view is arguably one of the best along the 226 mile raft trip through the Grand Canyon. It didn't hurt that there were delicious tacos waiting for us back at camp! Let me know if you want to join @dodrillphoto and me on this @visionarywild trip next spring!
A proposal in the Grand Canyon would get you saying Oh my god am I living in a fairy-tale fantasy. Imagine the ring sparkling in the sunlight as you have never seen, people not visible for miles, and you pop the question. I am sure your significant other would not resist this kind of proposal. The best part is we can even arrange an undercover photographer to capture your memories without even being recognized.
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👆🏻I learned this recently. Perhaps that sounds strange coming from a 34 year old woman, but for me, it was a personal revelation. You see, the past 11 years I've beat myself up internally over something that I didn't know until I learned it! Something I regularly say to my students, friends and family is, "You don't know, what you don't know." Yet, I hadn't applied what I was saying to myself in this one HUGE area of my life (my emotional health). // My little brother told me once (and I'm paraphrasing here), "if you talked to yourself, the way you talk to other people, you will always be successful." I felt that he was trying to tell me, "be kinder to yourself.... be open... listen to yourself." // I have seen two types of forgiveness in this world, true and false forgiveness. False forgiveness says, "I forgive you," yet brings it up again and again never to be forgotten. True Forgiveness says, "I forgive you," and covers you with a blanket of love, compassion and empathy that translates into a beautiful action of acknowledging our human-ness/mess (same thing I suppose), and looks forward to a new day full of opportunity and purpose. Like Maya Angelou's great words here, and my story above, if there's some area of your life this is struggling for renewal, forgive yourself - completely, openly, honestly, with love and tenderness. // In six days I will be embarking on my second rafting trip down and through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river. My first trip was... 11 years ago. This time, I aim to approach the Canyon with the same presence I did last time, wholly present, in gratitude, and wonder.
A few days ago @mcfarlandia208 told the story behind her run through Hermit and how it turned her world upside down @storystoryboise. She’s a badass, but you already knew that. (Link to her 10min story in my bio)