In the space of a week, the level can easily surge to 30,000 cfs, and a few days after that it can once again rocket up, surpassing 100,000 cfs. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Check out The Emerald Mile by ReJoin The Team on Amazon Music. This was a trip of a lifetime for this decidedly no camping, I need to sleep in a bed at night, no discomfort, but adventurous soul, middle-aged lady. This sense of loss now prompted Thomas to ponder a notion that was not merely unorthodox but, when viewed from a certain angle, downright subversive. The grade is unequaled by any major waterway in the contiguous United States and very few long stretches of river beyond the Himalayas. . . Expecting a mild adventure read, I ordered this book based on some comments in the Outside book club Facebook group. View all copies of this book. Kevin Fedarko: Author, Former Senior Editor at Outside on The Emerald Mile and Colorado River Guides in the Grand Canyon We chat with the renowned journalist about the guiding lifestyle, captaining a "poo boat," and his latest book. In truth, no one who had tasted those liberties could look back on that time with anything other than a deep sense of longing. Kevin Fedarko’s book The Emerald Mile was first published in the summer of 2013 and became an instant hit with river rats and water geeks alike. From BookOutlet (Thorold, ON, Canada) Seller Rating: Available From More Booksellers. On talk radio and cable TV, environmentalists are derided as “wackos” and “extremists.” The country has swung decisively toward something smaller and more selfish than what it once was, and in addition to ushering in a disdain for the notion that wilderness might have a value that extends beyond the metrics of economics or business, much of the nation ignorantly embraces the benefits of engineering and technology while simultaneously rejecting basic science.”, “A river so clear and transparent that the bright stones suspended within its currents could be seen with the naked eye, glittering with the traces of an incontestable radiance whose depth and distance and truth lay beyond the reaches of any terrestrial imagination.”, “It’s sometimes surprising how people can open up when you demonstrate a willingness to listen to their stories with attentiveness and respect.”, “Thou shalt not” is soon forgotten, but “Once upon a time” lasts forever.”, “And you really live by the river? Slept under the stars every night and cruised, swam and hiked during the day. “if there is a point to being in the canyon, it is not to rush but to linger, suspended in a blue-and-amber haze of in-between-ness, for as long as one possibly can. Less than a sixth of the book told the "epic story" while the remainder described the grand canyon, its history, its dams, the politics behind the dams, and a variety of stories of other river rafters. Info/Buy. “The canyon and her dories embody and elusive riddle. Having only read an excerpt in Outside magazine a few months ago, I thought the book would be entirely about the story of the speed run of the Emerald Mile; it was so much more. By dint of his own experiences as a refugee and a wanderer, Petschek found the notion to be strangely naive and immature—especially here at the bottom of a chasm whose ramparts offered such irrefutable testimony not only to the smallness of human affairs but also to the universe’s implacable indifference to those hopes and longings. Based on the initial description, I thought I was launching into another outdoor adventure tale about the wild and scenic, but the author instead does an excellent job of tying together the history of the river, the boaters, and the canyon with the epic tradition of exploration and adventure that draws people to wild places. One of the best I've seen lately. All Quotes At this point, they had no clear idea how far they had come or how much canyon lay ahead of them. Perhaps even more important, the dam was also a triumphant capstone of human ingenuity, the culmination of a civil-engineering lineage that had seen its first florescence in the irrigation canals of ancient Mesopotamia and China, then shot like a bold arrow through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Industrial Revolution to reach its zenith here in the sun-scorched wastelands of the American Southwest. Photo Credits: John Blaustein, Rudi Petscheck, Arthur Sylvester, the Tour West motor rig photos are courtesy of Jeffe Aronson. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. The book provided the exploration history of the Grand Canyon, and while interesting, was a struggle to read through. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the outdoors or natural history. On”, “Out there in the middle of the maelstrom the Eater awaits, heaving and gulping, its mouth like a giant clam’s . The author’s writing style was very cumbersome and he seemed to take two or three sentences to say what could have been said more simply with one. Having (met many of the characters as a part of my river family and) grown up hearing these legends and histories told while gathered around the Dories at cocktail hour, I enjoyed reliving this in my imagination. Quotes By Kevin Fedarko. . Well I finally finished The Emerald Mile and gave it the extremely rare, for me, five star rating. I almost didn't finish this book. Imagine floating through that nonsense in a life jacket. Here’s our review. Ok, if you have an issue with whitewater, don't read this before going on a Colorado River trip. The depictions of The Grand Canyon and the river running experience are stunning. This was one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The Emerald Mile. Kenton Grua in the Emerald Mile, the dory used on the speed run. To”, “And Petschek had asked—because he was genuinely puzzled by this—why so many people, Americans especially, seemed to feel that happiness was an entitlement. Author Kevin Fedarko, a former senior editor for Outside Magazine and part-time river guide, has delivered us one of the best adventure books of our time. The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon The Emerald Mile The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon (Book) : Fedarko, Kevin : The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the "Emerald Mile," through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river. Well-told, deeply-researched, engaging to read book. Fedarko was a staff writer at Time magazine from 1991 to 1997, where his work helped garner an Overseas Press Club Award for a story on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It's a story about how the El Nino event and the inherent wildness of the Colorado River fought against man's attempts to tame the river and almost won, almost causing a huge disaster. Fastest trip ever through Grand Canyon Jump to media player The BBC talks to the author of The Emerald Mile which chronicles the fastest ever boat trip through the Grand Canyon. It was truly spectacular! That”, “And to say that the citizens of those rival domains did not always see eye to eye was a bit of an understatement, because each represented the antithesis of the other’s deepest values. Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko. by Scribner. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. Compare Prices. Among many other things, those dirtbag river runners uphold the virtue of disobedience: the principle that in a free society, defiance for its own sake sometimes carries value and meaning, if only because power in all of its forms—commercial, governmental, and moral—should not always and without question be handed what it demands.”, National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography (2013), PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2014), National Outdoor Book Award winners, selected titles, Angie Thomas Invites Readers to a Carter Family Reunion with 'Concrete Rose'. The Green Guillotine. This book had a lot more to it than I expected. I also give the author props for deftly wielding suspense and drama into the story: many parts of this book were p. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Unlike the record-chasing canyon run recounted in, WOW, best book I've read this year (Of course, it is only Jan. 12th). In the minds of its engineers and its managers, Glen affirmed everything that was right about America. We have an unknown distance yet to run; an unknown river yet to explore. There is also a lot of information about dams and the environmental aspect of building them. As the snowmelt cascades off those summits during the spring and spills toward the Sea of Cortés, the water drops more than two and a half miles. So great! In the midst of this crisis, beneath the light of a full moon, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden boat, a dory named the Emerald Mile, into the Colorado just below the dam&;s base and rocketed toward the dark chasm downstream, where the torrents of water released by the dam engineers had created a rock-walled maelstrom so powerful it shifted giant boulders and … Impressively well-researched and very well-written. His descriptions brought every scene to life for me - even when (or especially when) he goes off on a lyrical tangent - e.g., "... And peeking over the cliffs like a Chinese lantern was a swollen, yellow globe that draped the folds of the surrounding plat. "The Emerald Mile is the rarest of creations–a magical convergence of words and paper, wood and water, rock and sky, human character and cosmic caprice. But - still a fascinating story. Oct 1, 2014 - Kevin Fedarko -- "The Emerald Mile" | at Boulder Book Store 10.10.14 My GoodReads review "Wow, just wow. Fedarko is a great writer (I've enjoyed his pieces in Outside for years), and he puts the speed run in context with the Grand Canyon's history, geology and hydrology, river-running culture, and the dam-building era. AbeBooks.com: The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon (9781439159859) by Fedarko, Kevin and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. But even the most jaded observer an concede that, every now and then, a man or woman steps up to the plate and takes a mighty swing that clears the bases and fundamentally changes the game.”, “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed. Yet one only need page through the dam’s elegant blueprints to realize that this is a machine that, in its own way, is as sophisticated as a Boeing 747—a marvel of engineering, of mathematics, of human thinking, of vision, and, yes, of art. It's not really a story just about the fastest ride, which is a small part of the book. Each winter, storms lumbering across the Great Basin build up a thick snowpack along the crest of the mountains that line the perimeter of this plateau—an immense, sickle-shaped curve of peaks whose summits exceed fourteen thousand feet. I also give the author props for deftly wielding suspense and drama into the story: many parts of this book were page-turners and really thrilling. He believed that whatever was false and ephemeral would be exposed for what it was when set against that mass of geology and light. This past August 2018, I had the great privilege to take a 5 day journey down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. "Illegal, Wrong Headed and Glorious." Worst of all, the Navajo tribe is currently planning to cooperate in constructing a monstrous tramway to the bottom of the canyon, complete with a restaurant and a resort, at the confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado, the very spot where John Wesley Powell made his famous journal entry in the summer of 1869 about venturing “down the Great Unknown.” As vexing as all these things are, what Litton finds even more disheartening is the country’s failure to rally to the canyon’s defense—or for that matter, to the defense of its other imperiled natural wonders. Any of my peeps that are into the outdoors or history -- read this. Once the book was talking about present day activities the pace picked up and the writing style became more casual. And somewhere along that stretch of river, he also rowed them across an invisible fault line, a seam on the American continent that separates the terrain where the ephemeral events of everyday reality unfold from a more rarefied and singular realm, the place where mythic and permanent journeys of the imagination, such as those of John Wesley Powell, reside - the place of legends.”, “The black stream, catching on a sunken rock,   Flung backward on itself in one white wave,     And the white water rode the black forever. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story Of The Fastest Ride In History Through The Heart Of The Grand Canyon Kevin Fedarko New York: Scribner; 2013 US $30.00, 415 Pages, Hardcover Unlike Many Of The Adventure Story Genre, This Book Packs In Both Thrill And Rich, Detailed Backstory. The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon We’d love your help. We spent the past year living on the road full time and exploring all of the National Parks in the lower 48 states (you can watch our videos from the trip below). A really brilliant work that encompasses both the natural and man-made history on the Colorado river. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. Fedarko is a great writer (I've enjoyed his pieces in Outside for years), and he puts the speed run in context with the Grand Canyon's history, geology and hydrology, river-running culture, and the dam-building era. . Fascinating story. The Emerald Mile Quotes Showing 1-30 of 30 “if there is a point to being in the canyon, it is not to rush but to linger, suspended in a blue-and-amber haze of in-between-ness, for as long as one possibly can. Less than a sixth of the book told the "epic story" while the remainder described the grand canyon, its history, its dams, the politics behind the dams, and a variety of stories of other river rafters. I was not roughing it, I was experiencing life!! Welcome back. “It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. I didn’t expect it to be so dense looking! Best Sellers. Throughout the autumn and the winter, the river might trickle through the canyonlands of southern Utah at a mere three thousand cubic feet per second. Thanks to Glen and a host of similar Reclamation projects along the Colorado, one of the greatest rivers in the West, had been reduced to little more than a giant plumbing system, a network of pipes and faucets and catchment tubs whose chief purpose lay in the dubious goal of bringing golf courses to Phoenix, swimming pools to Tucson, and air-conditioned shopping malls to Vegas. Even though the whole thing is very detailed, he wrote it in a lovely, almost kind of sentimental, reverent style. Like fascist architecture, that soaring wall of concrete, for all its Art Deco adornments, can strike the postmodern eye as embarrassingly elephantine and childishly simplistic. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not. Priestley was British, but he had placed his finger on an abiding American truth: the notion that the canyon stands as one of our most important touchstones—a kind of roofless tabernacle whose significance is both natural and national. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled - by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself - down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. But once I started reading I was enamored by the stories of the history of the canyon and those that experienced and changed it over the years. . For the son of a dory boatman from the Golden Age of Guiding it was a joy and vindication to read of the superheroes of my childhood in print. There is such rich character development, such a fascinating dive into the history of the area, and such suspense that I didn't want to turn the audio book off. 1 talking about this. Synopsis : The Emerald Mile written by Kevin Fedarko, published by Simon and Schuster which was released on 01 July 2014. I would have rated it higher if the first part of the book weren’t so slow. Kevin Fedarko’s superb book presents the Grand Canyon in a way most people will never see it – from the bottom up, with a strong emphasis on the river that carved the Canyon’s unique features and which provides the most accessible route for the much smaller number of tourists l. Almost five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park annually. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon (Hardcover) Published May 7th 2013 by Scribner. He brings alive the Canyon, the Colorado River, and the people who are drawn to protect it or dam it. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. 1 talking about this. All in all, expect not just an epic story about a group of flamboyent dorymen, but an extensive history of all things 'Grand Canyon.'. Kenton Grua and Georgie White, first professional river guide. The Emerald Mile from Dymocks online bookstore. its mind a frenzy of beige-colored rapid foam. Browse Recommendations; Choice Awards; Genres; Giveaways; New Releases Expecting a mild adventure read, I ordered this book based on some comments in the Outside book club Facebook group. I learned so much about the history of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, the historical and modern day explorers, and more than I ever thought I would know about dam construction and river hydraulics. Fedarko informs the reader about the importance of the preservation of the river, the building of dams and … The depictions of The Grand Canyon and the river running experience are stunning. The Emerald Mile: Fedarko, Kevin: Amazon.sg: Books. And you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. The Emerald Mile is so much more than the epic tale of the 1983 dory speed run through the Grand Canyon, though that adventure is brilliantly told. This was one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. You decide… Clear a weekend to curl up with The Emerald Mile as soon as possible. This book had a lot more to it than I expected. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.” —KENNETH GRAHAME, The Wind in the Willows”, “The river’s isolation and secrecy, however, were only part of what made it superlative. As impressive as those other accomplishments may have been, nothing excelled the nobility of transforming one of the harshest deserts on earth into a vibrant garden. What”, “Out there in the millrace, the rush of water was broad and powerful, and as the current pushed past, it did so with an eerie silence. Info/Buy Search for Another Book. And as those days receded ever further into the rearview mirror, there were moments—right now being one of them—when Thomas was forced to wonder about it all. Once the book was talking about presen. This one is, and Fedarko's book is as inspiring as a dory itself, flying down a wild river. . The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed. He rowed them straight into and beyond the break of day. We need wilderness preserved—as much of it as is still left, and as many kinds—because it was the challenge against which our character as a people was formed. I loved every minute of the book. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. It was truly spectacular! Published by Scribner Book Company, 2013. The Emerald Mile: Best Adventure Book Ever? This is a fantastic combination of storytelling and research. Refresh and try again. But in the eyes of the river folk, even that wasn’t the real cost. Lose this wild place America, and you will lose a big chunk of your soul. "The Emerald Mile is the rarest of creations-a magical convergence of words and paper, wood and water, rock and sky, human character and cosmic caprice. Like everyone else who had known the river during that era of innocence, Thomas mourned its passing and privately grieved that it would never return. I learned so much about the history of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, the historical and modern day explorers, and more than I ever thought I would know about dam construction and river hydraulics. Read more about our Walkthrough Library experience. When it comes to saving wilderness, we cannot be extreme enough.” In”, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon. New / Hardcover / Quantity available: 0. Helicopter Eddy. The first portion of "The Emerald Mile" focuses on the discovery and history of the Colorado River, starting in Utah and highlighting the Grand Canyon portion. He juxtaposes the Glen Canyon Dam engineers' race to avoid catastrophic failures during the huge 1983 spring runoff with what was happening on the river with the many commercial trips caught in big water. Kenton Grua in the 2000s. I would have rated it higher except for the fact that the first 100 pages were a struggle. This was the muffled resonance of a runaway river, the sub-audible bell-tone of water surging with ungovernable force into the throat of the canyon. Granted, the waters were coming out of the dam at 94,000 cfs rather than 6-8,000 cfs but can't you drown in a bathtub? The Emerald Mile is so much more than the epic tale of the 1983 dory speed run through the Grand Canyon, though that adventure is brilliantly told. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled—by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself—down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. (The Nile, in contrast, falls only six thousand feet in its entire four-thousand-mile trek to the Mediterranean.) . Kevin Fedarko lives in northern New Mexico and works as a part-time river guide in Grand Canyon National Park. Hello Select your address All Hello, Sign in. Slept under the stars every night and cruised, swam and hiked during the day. It may not be much of an overstatement to say that, along with splitting the atom and sending the Voyager spacecraft beyond the solar system, Hoover is the most remarkable thing this country has ever pulled off. I believe “ The Emerald Mile” by Kevin Fedarko is a well written and thought provoking book because it explains both the stories of the river running guides of the Colorado River and the engineers of the Glen Canyon Dam in the dilemma of 1983 in the Grand Canyon, with descriptive information from the both ends of the spectrum. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book is full of adventure, chronicling the fastest journey through the Grand Canyon on a watercraft. The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. There is a section of the book toward the end that is, but the majority of it is quite the opposite. Yet the truth, like an eddy, runs in the opposite direction. The Emerald Mile Bus helped us fulfill that dream. Compare Prices. Skip to main content.sg. And you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. But once I started reading I was enamored by the stories of the history of the canyon and those that experienced and changed it over the years. The Emerald Mile: Best Adventure Book Ever? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His writing style was just beautiful! Eloquently written and well researched the boom covers many facets of the Grand Canyon all focused through the lens of the "speed run." The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, 9781439159866, available at … Author: Edward Abbey, John Blaustein (Photographer), Martin Litton (Introduction) Paperback Jul 2015. May 7th 2013 HardCover by Kevin Fedarko There was also its vertical drop. It was the trip of a lifetime and our skoolie was the most perfect tiny home on wheels. The rich history of the events leading up to the story of the Emerald Mile can be a lot to digest, but when eloquently presented, the reader can come to appreciate the beauty of the important background. The Emerald Mile is a pointe conservation essay cleverly disguised as an adventure book. The Emerald Mile is the best combination of journalistic reporting and eloquent storytelling. For all these reasons, Hoover is regarded by many civil engineers as one of America’s most impressive achievements. Damn, I wanted to love this book. The book was well-written, informative, well-structured, and interesting, but it was not as advertised. . Start by marking “The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon” as Want to Read: Error rating book. “Beyond the rapids themselves, the river also concealed a host of other obstacles, wicked spots whose names offered a sufficiently graphic warning of what they would do to you if you let them. It appealed to two of my interests: engineering, with its descriptions of how the personnel at the Glen Canyon Dam dealt with the huge water inflows from the El Nino event and the damage caused to the spillways, and whitewater rafting, with its descriptions of the fastest ride and how rafting companies, their customers, and the river rangers dealt with the danger of the increased water flows and changes to rapids through the Grand Canyon. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled--by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself--down the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Lake Mead. No”, “Among many other things, those dirtbag river runners uphold the virtue of disobedience: the principle that in a free society, defiance for its own sake sometimes carries value and meaning, if only because power in all of its forms—commercial, governmental, and moral—should not always and without question be handed what it demands. 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