Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

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Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

Running rapids on Western rivers
To get a rapid named after you in Grand Canyon you have to be an early river runner, have bad luck or be dead. Kolb Rapid is named after the Kolb brothers who filmed the first river run through Grand Canyon in 1911.
Setting up for Triplet Rapid on the Green River, guests tighten their life jackets and hang on with both hands.
Smack in the middle of the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon, Vulcan’s Anvil looms dark in the channel, warning that Lava Falls will soon come. John Wesley Powell named the rock during his 1869 expedition.
In Hell’s Half Mile, an Adrift Adventures river guide catches a rock nicknamed Huggy Bear, after he just avoided the rock named Lucifer.
On every Western river, both rocks and camps have names. This is Box Elder Camp II on the Green River on a morning full of reflections.
Children jump off a boulder on the Green River at the scouting location for Triplet Rapids.
John Wesley Powell named Vasey’s Paradise in the Grand Canyon and its waterfall after a botanist who accompanied him on his second trip. A rare snail lives there, so boaters cannot stop.
This view of Hell’s Half Mile is often where river runners stop to decide which line they will use to navigate the sharp boulders and fast currents.
In the rapids called Hell’s Half Mile on the Green River, a rock called Lucifer hides beneath the river’s surface.
Up against this big rock and in between the smaller rocks is a narrow, difficult passaged dubbed “The Birth Canal” in the Canyon of Lodore, which is suitable for experienced kayakers, but not for large rafts. Anyone who safely navigates the channel feels re-born, hence the name.

Where rocks have names: Running rapids on Western rivers

To get a rapid named after you in Grand Canyon you have to be an early river runner, have bad luck or be dead. Kolb Rapid is named after the Kolb brothers who filmed the first river run through Grand Canyon in 1911.
Setting up for Triplet Rapid on the Green River, guests tighten their life jackets and hang on with both hands.
Smack in the middle of the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon, Vulcan’s Anvil looms dark in the channel, warning that Lava Falls will soon come. John Wesley Powell named the rock during his 1869 expedition.
In Hell’s Half Mile, an Adrift Adventures river guide catches a rock nicknamed Huggy Bear, after he just avoided the rock named Lucifer.
On every Western river, both rocks and camps have names. This is Box Elder Camp II on the Green River on a morning full of reflections.
Children jump off a boulder on the Green River at the scouting location for Triplet Rapids.
John Wesley Powell named Vasey’s Paradise in the Grand Canyon and its waterfall after a botanist who accompanied him on his second trip. A rare snail lives there, so boaters cannot stop.
This view of Hell’s Half Mile is often where river runners stop to decide which line they will use to navigate the sharp boulders and fast currents.
In the rapids called Hell’s Half Mile on the Green River, a rock called Lucifer hides beneath the river’s surface.
Up against this big rock and in between the smaller rocks is a narrow, difficult passaged dubbed “The Birth Canal” in the Canyon of Lodore, which is suitable for experienced kayakers, but not for large rafts. Anyone who safely navigates the channel feels re-born, hence the name.
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