Grand Canyon River Guide
by Bill Belknap
Colorado River: Lees Ferry, Arizona, to Lake Mead, through Marble & Grand canyons, 288 miles. Highly detailed, easy-to-read maps. Illustrated sections on geology, natural history and archaeology, written by experts in these fields. Trip enrichment sections including a photo workshop and a section on how rivers and rapids work. Dramatically illustrated with full color diagrams and photographs. Now with USGS GCMRC miles. 120 pages.
About Bill Belknap:
A native of New York State, Bill Belknap was born with an incurable interest in everything Indian. He moved west at an early age and spent every possible moment at Grand Canyon and with the Hopi Indians. It was here that he me Frances Spencer, his future bride and life-long partner.
During World War II he trained at Life magazine and served as White House photographer for the U.S. Navy. Later, he photographed and wrote for National Geographic and other publications. He and Fran co-authored Gunnar Widforss, Painter for the Grand Canyon. It was followed by Fred Kabotie: Hopi Indian Artist, an autobiography with Bill Belknap.
In 1969, Bill’s son Buzz enlisted his father’s help to create the first Grand Canyon River Guide. That teamwork led to the establishment of a family publishing company, Westwater Books, which continues to produce this Guide and others for river runners today.
Together with Fran and daughter Loie Belknap Evans, Bill also ran Fastwater Expeditions, a river company that offered full-participation Sporyak trips on the Green, San Juan, and Dolores Rivers.
Bill Belknap loved people and sharing with them the things he cherished most – the Colorado and its canyons, deserts, Indians and photography.