Through the Grand Canyon before Major Powell?

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Through the Grand Canyon before Major Powell?

At the beginning of a Grand Canyon trip, calm water lulls river passengers. James White could have gotten off the Colorado River near Lees Ferry. Instead as he and his partner drifted further downstream, George Strole was swept off the raft and drowned, possibly in Badger Creek Rapid.
Forbidding Canyon in Glen Canyon is a delight for modern boaters, but this slot canyon may have terrified lost prospectors like James White running low on food and with no idea where he was or how far it would be to other prospectors or settlers.
To get a rapid named after you in Grand Canyon you have to be an early river runner, have bad luck, or be dead. Kolb Rapid is named after the Kolb brothers who filmed the first river run through Grand Canyon in 1911. This photo of river runners in Kolb Rapid indicates how difficult it would have been for James White to have survived a solo trip through Grand Canyon tethered to a makeshift raft.
Scorpions, rattlesnakes, dehydration, starvation, delirium, and exposure all were threats James White would have had to overcome if he traveled alone by raft through the Grand Canyon.
The 19th and early 20th century mapmaker Emil Fischer painted Silverton as it looked in 1874 as a mining camp in Baker’s Park. The elusive Charles Baker returned with two other prospectors before disappearing into the Bears Ears area of Utah.
The Grand Canyon has world-class white water rapids and boaters wait years for river running permits. What is fun and adventure in the 21st century was often deadly in the 19th and 20th centuries. James White claimed to have survived a solo trip in the Grand Canyon by lashing himself to a raft two years before John Wesley Powell’s epic trip. River guides question the truth of White’s story.
Cathedral in the Desert, named by John Wesley Powell, is accessible because Lake Powell is below capacity. If James White drifted solo through Glen Canyon he would have experienced these massive canyon walls and perhaps decided to stay on the river.

Through the Grand Canyon before Major Powell?

At the beginning of a Grand Canyon trip, calm water lulls river passengers. James White could have gotten off the Colorado River near Lees Ferry. Instead as he and his partner drifted further downstream, George Strole was swept off the raft and drowned, possibly in Badger Creek Rapid.
Forbidding Canyon in Glen Canyon is a delight for modern boaters, but this slot canyon may have terrified lost prospectors like James White running low on food and with no idea where he was or how far it would be to other prospectors or settlers.
To get a rapid named after you in Grand Canyon you have to be an early river runner, have bad luck, or be dead. Kolb Rapid is named after the Kolb brothers who filmed the first river run through Grand Canyon in 1911. This photo of river runners in Kolb Rapid indicates how difficult it would have been for James White to have survived a solo trip through Grand Canyon tethered to a makeshift raft.
Scorpions, rattlesnakes, dehydration, starvation, delirium, and exposure all were threats James White would have had to overcome if he traveled alone by raft through the Grand Canyon.
The 19th and early 20th century mapmaker Emil Fischer painted Silverton as it looked in 1874 as a mining camp in Baker’s Park. The elusive Charles Baker returned with two other prospectors before disappearing into the Bears Ears area of Utah.
The Grand Canyon has world-class white water rapids and boaters wait years for river running permits. What is fun and adventure in the 21st century was often deadly in the 19th and 20th centuries. James White claimed to have survived a solo trip in the Grand Canyon by lashing himself to a raft two years before John Wesley Powell’s epic trip. River guides question the truth of White’s story.
Cathedral in the Desert, named by John Wesley Powell, is accessible because Lake Powell is below capacity. If James White drifted solo through Glen Canyon he would have experienced these massive canyon walls and perhaps decided to stay on the river.
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