The Very Hard Way

Bert Loper's Book by Brad Dimock

The Very Hard Way by Brad Dimock

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE VERY HARD WAY, BERT LOPER AND THE COLORADO RIVER, by Brad Dimock

Bert Loper was born in 1869 the very day that John Wesley Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Loper spent much of his life devoted to those two streams. Orphaned and abused, Loper worked most of his life at the very bottom, the nameless grunt in hard rock mines, the sore-backed shoveler on a placer bar, the subsistence rancher on a lonely gravel delta in Glen Canyon. Whatever Loper got, he got the very hard way.

But on the muddy whitewater streams of the Southwest Loper found a joy, a thrill, and a peace. By the time he died at his oars in a Grand Canyon rapid at eighty, he had covered more boats, and known more rivermen than anyone. Two weeks before he vanished in the Colorado , the very first motorboat had run Grand Canyon-bookending his incredible career. Bert Loper’s is the tale of river running in the West, and his life encapsulates the Colorado River.

This book can be purchased on Colorado River & Trail Expeditions online store under books about Grand Canyon History and Early Exploration.

Upset in Upset

Story about Upset Rapid in the Grand Canyon

Amil Quayle's Story About Upset Rapid

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

UPSET IN UPSET, a Monograph by Amil Quayle

This memoir is about an experience Amil Quayle had on his 2nd run as a guide through the Grand Canyon in 1966. He was alone with a family of four, a 33-foot surplus pontoon raft, one outboard motor, and no communication equipment other than signaling mirrors and panels. Those were the days when you hardly ever saw other rafting parties, so when disaster struck at Upset Rapid, Quayle had no one but himself and the help of one of the passengers, to get everyone off the river safely. This epic achievement has been a part of the guiding community lore for for more than 40 years, but like most stories that are retold time and time again, some things needed to be set right. Amil recalls the details in a nicely crafted story that will show you what river running was like “in the old days.”

$5.00 + Shipping and Handling (Can be autographed by the author on request.)

You can order this book on our online store. Or just give us a call at (800)253-7328.

There’s This River: Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

THERE’S THIS RIVER – Grand Canyon Boatman Stories
edited by Christa Sadler $17.95

Boatmen always have a story to tell. You’ll hear many of them on your river trip. In the book, you can read many more. It’s a fun and enjoyable anthology by people who love the Grand Canyon up close and personal.

You can order this book on our Books For River Runners Website. Or just give us a call at (800)253-7328.

The Grand Canyon Reader

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK:

THE GRAND CANYON READER
edited by Lance Newman

The CRATE family was excited when Lance’s book was recently published. Lance worked as a CRATE guide in the early days of his rafting career while pursing a PhD at Brown University. He is now a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. His love of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River and his experience as a guide, provided a unique perspective for the readings included in this anthology. Lively tales written by unschooled river runners, unabashedly popular fiction, and personal memoirs stand alongside finely crafted literary works that represent five centuries of human experience in the Grand Canyon. The cover is a painted by CRATE Guide Kimo Nelson, and the first selection is the “Grand Canyon,” poem by rafting icon and our life-long friend, Amil Quayle. Each and every selection is absorbing and never boring. You will love this book, and so will anyone else who has an affinity for the Canyon.

Retail: $19.95
Friends of CRATE Price: $15.00 + Shipping and Handling (Can be autographed by the author on request.)

This book is available by calling our office at 800-253-7328 or going to our website and clicking on the Books for River Runners link.