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Raft
Jim LaMarche
0064438562
June 2002
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Book Review
Imagine passing a summer drifting up and down a slow-moving river, watching as cranes, turtles, raccoons, otters, and ducks grow accustomed to your presence. Envision days spent poling the raft through lily pads and grasses, glimpsing foxes through the trees on shore. On hot, sticky nights, picture a tent set up on the raft, from which you have an unobstructed view of huge bucks drinking from the moonlit river. Nicky has no idea what he's getting into when his father drops him off for the summer at his grandmother's cottage in the woods. And he's not especially pleased at the prospect. "There's nobody to play with ... She doesn't even have a TV." But this "river rat" is not the normal kind of grandma. Without pushing, she quietly allows Nicky to discover for himself the wonders of river life. Gradually, Nicky's interest in...


Rafting Rise
Joe Survant
0813025893
Dec 2002
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Robert Morgan
"Rafting Rise has the strength of extended narrative and the quickness of lyric poetry."

Kliatt, March 2003
Survant's words sing with the language of these people ... storytelling at its best.

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Complete Guide to Whitewater Rafting Tours, California Edition

0961615001


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Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft
Thor Heyerdahl
0671726528
May 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land -- the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage -- a magnificent saga of men against the sea.Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present...


Guide to Floating Whitewater Rivers
R. W. Miskimins
0936608498
Dec 1986
Paperback
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The Complete Whitewater Rafter
Jeff Bennett
007005505X
Jan 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
As its title suggests, this useful guide offers about as exhaustive a course in river running as you can expect to get on dry land. Author Jeff Bennett outlines a simple approach that will take you from the showroom of your local paddling outfitter to the rapids of your favorite river. You'll learn about rafting history, equipment, safety, and rescue, and explore the dynamic forces at play in the rivers themselves. From underwater currents, surface hydraulics, and rapids classifications to water and wave patterns known as haystacks and pillows, The Complete Whitewater Rafter examines all facets of river running. Bennett also covers the planning procedures for full-scale river expeditions and the advanced maneuvers essential for Class V rivers. --Lance Judd

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
0812504224
April 1996
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Book Review
A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to the...


Up Shit Creek: A Collection of Horrifyingly True Wilderness Toilet Misadventures
Joe Lindsay
0898159393
March 2004
Paperback
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Whitewater Rescue Manual
Charles Walbridge
0070677905
July 1995
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Book Description
Whitewater Rescue Manual is for all whitewater padlers, beginner to expert. This book presents the best techniques for self-rescue and rescue of companions on the river.

From the Back Cover

Regardless of skill, running rivers presents an element of danger. As whitewater paddling continues to grow in popularity and more thrill-seekers push the boundaries of the sport, accidents are inevitable.

In Whitewater Rescue Manual, two paddlers who have long been at the forefront of whitewater safety and rescue present a tightly focused look at the best, most current techniques for both self-rescue and rescue of others on the river. The authors provide well-reasoned guidance that will teach you when to stay with the boat and when not to; how to retrieve a lost boat; how to...



Rafting Days in Pennsylvania
J. Herbert Walker
0271027568
Apr 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Written at a time when the lumber industry had shifted westward, the chapters in this book recall the days when giant rafts carried lumber down the rivers of Pennsylvania.


Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Michael Dorris
0312421850
March 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran narrator Rosenblat displays remarkable vocal versatility in narrating Dorris's cross-generational story of three Native American women in Montana who must come to grips with the past. Divided into three first-person narratives, the book follows teenage Rayona; her mother, Christine; and her grandmother, who both the others call Aunt Ida. Rosenblat gives each a distinct voice, perfectly capturing the youthful yet determined attitude of Rayona and the wizened, sardonic tone of her mother. The syncopated, husky voice she adopts for Aunt Ida, who is said to have a pronounced accent, isn't spot-on, but it isn't distracting either. Ida's story is the shortest of the three, and Rayona's is the longest and most immediate, as the other two are actually monologues that supplement and expand on the events of the...


Paddling Montana
Hank Fischer
1560445890
March 1, 1999
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Book Description
Detailed paddling information on 32 Montana rivers, including such paddling destinations as the Yellowstone, Flathead, Smith, and Missouri. Access points, detailed maps, fishing information, average monthly stream flows, and much more.


Seaworthy
T. R. Pearson
0307335941
June 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1953, the 60-year-old Willis sailed a homemade balsa-wood raft over 4,000 miles across the Pacific from Peru to American Samoa, accompanied only by a cat and a foul-mouthed parrot. Novelist Pearson (Glad News of the Natural World) gives a rousing retelling of how, along the way, Willis endured a hernia and a perforated ulcer, sewed up an artery ruptured by a shark's tooth and survived on seawater after running out of fresh. He details Willis's eccentric diets, yogic breathing exercises and mystic spirituality, his half-baked, spur-of-the-moment planning, and the uncanny luck and superhuman hardiness that saw him through the rafting crises. Pearson places Willis in the context of others who have embarked upon Kon-Tiki–like epic raft excursions: Willis's was probably the most daring and quixotic of the...


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
0553210793
September 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to the...


River
Colin Fletcher
0375701826
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Colin Fletcher, the author of the Grand Canyon classic The Man Who Walked Through Time, adds to his life list of desert voyages with a trip down the 1,700-mile-long Colorado River. From its sources in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming to its union with the Gulf of California, Fletcher traces the Colorado in an entertaining and often quite funny travelogue. More seriously, he ponders his own life's passage, musing on lost loves, the experience of war, the onset of old age, and impending mortality. Despite the title, other travelers have made this journey--devotees of the Colorado will know the writings of John Wesley Powell and the Kolb brothers, among others. That notwithstanding, Fletcher makes keen observations of the area's geology and wildlife, and of human behavior. --This text refers to the Hardcover ...


Whitewater Rafting
William Mcginnis
0812963016
May 12, 1978
Paperback
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
1419347012
April 2005
Compact Disc
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The Guide's Guide Augmented: Reflections on Guiding Professional River Trips
William McGinnis
0977277402
September 9, 2005
Paperback
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George Larson, Sierra Club
The Guide's Guide... is... every bit as absorbing, instructive and entertaining as McGinnis' (first book) Whitewater Rafting. ...

Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
Great! I'm constantly impressed with the amount of thought and energy McGinnis puts into the finer points of guiding.

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Canoeing
Gordon Grant
0393314898
Jan 2003
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Book Description
Smart, instructive, and beautifully designed, every book in the Trailside Guide series contains the essential information readers need to master outdoor activities and have fun in the process. Norton proudly reissues these best-selling guides with fully revised "Sources & Resources" sections (including where to find the Web sites, gear, services, books, clubs, and organizations that make for foolproof outings); updates to reflect the latest in gear technology, wilderness medicine, and first aid; and advances in techniques. You can take it with you: Trailside Guides are designed to be used on the trail. Their handy size makes them easy to take along on outdoor adventures. Picture this: Trailside Guides show you how it's done. Each book has more than 100 color photographs and dozens of informative, full-color technical...


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
0140366768
March 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to the...


River Thunder
Will Hobbs
0440226813
Feb 1999
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up. The premise is that the cast from Downriver (Atheneum, 1991) has been asked to work as interns by "Discovery Unlimited" owner Al, rejoining him for a raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Their joyful reunion at the launch site is stressed almost to the breaking point when they find out that Troy, the manipulative, buffed, bad boy who nearly sank their earlier escapade, has bankrolled this trip, and that Al is not involved at all. Setting aside misgivings about Troy's duplicity, they row off, settling into a realistic rhythm of river work, problem solving, play, and stress management. The characters are interesting individuals who have changed in mostly positive ways since their first trip together. Jessie gains confidence and knowledge with each challenge. Troy's problems...


Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
Steven Mintz
0674015088
November 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
No aspect of American life is as shrouded in idealizing myth as childhood. In this compelling work of historical synthesis, University of Houston history professor Mintz argues forcefully—if not originally—that for most of the past three centuries childhood has been the exception rather than the norm. Responding to the exigencies of colonial life, Mintz writes, the Puritans unsentimentally mentored children as "adults in training." With the explosive rise of an urban, factory-based economy in the mid-19th century, childhood first emerged as a discrete period of development. Limited, home-based instruction was replaced by compulsory instruction in public schools—but not all children benefited. For most young people in the years after the Industrial Revolution—despite the mixed results of...


Woman of the River: Georgie White Clark, White Water Pioneer
Dick Westwood
0874212340
October 1997
Paperback
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The Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 1998
Westwood's excellent biography suggests Georgie's life, both precious and rare because she lived as she chose, will continue somehow in the canyon she loved so much

The Boatman's Quarterly, Summer 1997
[Thanks to] Mr. Westwood...for allowing us to see Georgie the way she really was

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Rafting with Grandmother
Nellie M. Reynolds
0595324665
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Rafting with Grandmother is the adventure of a sixty-year-old grandmother and her two teen age granddaughters rafting for three hundred miles through the bottom of Grand Canyon. The nine days were filled with excitement as the altitude dropped two thousand feet. Each curve of the river brought new beauty and thrills. The history of the earth was spread out before their eyes.

Lessons were learned and they will never to be forgotten. Imagination was sharpened and the quest for more knowledge about the ancient people the Indians talked about will always be with us. Who were these people that stored there grain in the caves so far above the raging river? How many years did it take for footprints to leave a path in stone? What did this place look like when the ancient people were alive? There were far more...



The Kayak Companion: Tips, Techniques, and Guidance for Paddling All Types of Water from One of America's Premier Kayakers
Joe Glickman
158017485X
April 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
You can tell kayaks are cool, writes Joe Glickman, by the number of times they appear in advertisements for SUVs and beer. Today these sleek, fast watercraft are more popular than they have ever been in their 10,000-year history.

In THE KAYAK COMPANION, Joe Glickman, a two-time member of the U.S. National Marathon Kayak Team, teaches beginners the basic techniques for all kinds of kayaking - sea, touring, and recreational. For more experienced kayakers, he offers expert advice on how to navigate in all kinds of waters and weathers. And kayakers of every skill level will appreciate Glickman's candid assessments of the various types of boats; how to read a compass; troubleshooting in lousy weather; and how to deal with lightning, big fish, and marauding powerboats.

As Glickman discusses kayaking techniques, he...



The Last River : The Tragic Race for Shangri-la
Todd Balf
060980801X
June 26, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
As the 20th century neared its close, few corners of the globe remained unexplored. One exception was a "monstrous and largely obscure river in southeastern Tibet" that had already resisted several British expeditions: the Yarlung Tsangpo. Raging through a nearly impenetrable gorge in one of the most remote places on the planet, it was a place variously reported as the source behind the Western myth of Shangri-La and the "Everest of rivers." In 1998 a team of middle-aged American men--all of them expert river runners--aimed to notch their paddles with this last great stretch of virgin whitewater that many knowledgeable river people considered "beyond the means of what humans could do in a boat." But after securing crucial funding from National Geographic and flying halfway around the world, the team of four paddlers (three...

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