Pretty good book about the first known explorations of the Colorado by boat raft and the crazy ass people that first ran the river Bert Loper, The Grand Old Man Of The Colorado, Was Born The Day Major Powell Discovered The Confluence Of The San Juan And Colorado In He Died Just Days After The First Motorboat Had Passed Through Grand Canyon He Knew Every River Runner In Between, And By The Time Of His Death At Years Old, Had Run Of The Colorado Than Anyone But It Was Never Easy Orphaned An Abused, Loper Had To Make His Way Along The Bottom Of Society, Often As A Hard Rock Miner, Coal Miner Or Lonely Placer Miner On A Gravel Bar But In The Colorado River He Found Inspiration, And He Died At The Oars Of His Own Wooden Boat In A Major Grand Canyon Rapid Loper Is Truly Mythic, And His Is The Story Of The Colorado My favorite book I ever wrote. As a former river guide, it was great to read about the pioneers of river running I found I can track my guide training back to Burt via Ken Sleight and the first generation of SPLORE guides I enjoyed this book but, 400 pages is a lot to read about some old river rat who didn t really accomplish that much in his life My enjoyment came from the fact that I was personally familiar with the rivers he ran and like learning about those who preceded todays river runners It was interesting to see the connections between Mr Loper and the young river guides that he trained who were the old timers and pioneers I learned about when I worked on the Colorado river in the 1970 s I was surprised that the names of the rapids in the Grand Canyon have remained constant over the years It was also interesting to learn of the history of the towns and communities in Southern Utah in the late 1800s and early 1900s Many of the river access points today are at the same locations as in 1900 but the mining and ranching communities that once existed there have disappeared and I never understood who or why they had built roads to access these remote spots like Cisco, Sand Wash and Hite. Exhaustively researched history of Bert Loper who was quite a guy Interesting two track structure odd chapters life, even chapters legend which in the beginning I thought would drive me crazy, but really we know how it ends, so he might as well just start there, right I really enjoyed seeing the interplay between Loper and other characters from river history that I ve read about over the years And, this adds to the number of people I want to read about
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- 457 pages
- The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River
- Brad Dimock
- 08 January 2017 Brad Dimock