Did James White run the Grand Canyon before John Wesley Powell?

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Did James White run the Grand Canyon before John Wesley Powell?

At the beginning of a Grand Canyon trip, calm water lulls river passengers. James White could have gotten off the Colorado River near Lees Ferry. Instead as he and his partner drifted farther downstream, George Strole was swept off the raft and drowned, possibly in Badger Creek Rapid.
The Grand Canyon has world-class white-water rapids and boaters wait years for river running permits. What is fun and adventure in the 21st century was often deadly in the 19th and 20th centuries. James White claimed to have survived a solo trip in the Grand Canyon by lashing himself to a raft two years before John Wesley Powell’s epic trip. River guides question the truth of White’s story.
Cathedral in the Desert, named by John Wesley Powell, is accessible because Lake Powell is below capacity. If James White drifted solo through Glen Canyon he would have experienced these massive canyon walls and perhaps decided to stay on the river.

Did James White run the Grand Canyon before John Wesley Powell?

At the beginning of a Grand Canyon trip, calm water lulls river passengers. James White could have gotten off the Colorado River near Lees Ferry. Instead as he and his partner drifted farther downstream, George Strole was swept off the raft and drowned, possibly in Badger Creek Rapid.
The Grand Canyon has world-class white-water rapids and boaters wait years for river running permits. What is fun and adventure in the 21st century was often deadly in the 19th and 20th centuries. James White claimed to have survived a solo trip in the Grand Canyon by lashing himself to a raft two years before John Wesley Powell’s epic trip. River guides question the truth of White’s story.
Cathedral in the Desert, named by John Wesley Powell, is accessible because Lake Powell is below capacity. If James White drifted solo through Glen Canyon he would have experienced these massive canyon walls and perhaps decided to stay on the river.
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