This book started out slowly, and I found some of the flowery prose to be ponderous, but the second half was much better than the first. Buy [ The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon Fedarko, Kevin ( Author ) ] { Paperback } 2014 by Kevin Fedarko (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. The Colorado’s watershed encompasses a series of high-desert plateaus that stretch across the most austere and hostile quarter of the West, an area encompassing one-twelfth the landmass of the continental United States, whose breadth and average height are surpassed only by the highlands of Tibet. The Emerald Mile: Fedarko, Kevin: Amazon.sg: Books. The Emerald Mile ties together a clear line through the tumult of the high water 1983 flood on the Colorado River of a dory’s speed run 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. 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 … 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. Oct 1, 2014 - Kevin Fedarko -- "The Emerald Mile" | at Boulder Book Store 10.10.14 This one is, and Fedarko’s book is as … Impressively well-researched and very well-written. The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon In truth, no one who had tasted those liberties could look back on that time with anything other than a deep sense of longing. 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. PaperBack by Kevin Fedarko This book announces Fedarko as a major writing talent and at last sets forth the full story of an American legend—the legend of “The Emerald Mile”. What a life it would have been to be a guide on the Colorado in the '70s! Check out The Emerald Mile by ReJoin The Team on Amazon Music. 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. This past August 2018, I had the great privilege to take a 5 day journey down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. 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'. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. . Refresh and try again. 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. So great! . But if you cocked your body at just the right angle, you could detect a faint thrum, a kind of basal tremor. Some really amazing feats described in this book. The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon I was not roughing it, I was experiencing life!! Browse Recommendations; Choice Awards; Genres; Giveaways; New Releases Clearly he interviewed everyone from river guides to Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service officials, but he never really seems to take sides. My GoodReads review "Wow, just wow. 05 Sep 13. A horrifying uproar, all things considered. Almost five million people visit Grand Canyon National Park annually. 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. Author: Edward Abbey, John Blaustein (Photographer), Martin Litton (Introduction) Paperback Jul 2015. At age 12, Grua was enthralled by a whitewater rafting trip taken with his father on the Green River, a tributary of the Colorado River. 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. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named “The Emerald Mile” at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal. Synopsis : The Emerald Mile written by Kevin Fedarko, published by Simon and Schuster which was released on 01 July 2014. The saga of “The Emerald Mile” is a thrilling adventure, as well as a magisterial portrait of the hidden kingdom of white water at the bottom of the greatest river canyon on earth. It was an amazing trip that I hope everyone has an opportunity to experience. Published by Scribner Book Company, 2013. 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. Lose this wild place America, and you will lose a big chunk of your soul. 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. He juxtaposes the Glen Canyon Dam engineers' race to avoid catastrophic failures during the huge 1983 spring runoff with what was happen. This was one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. Hardcover, 432 pages. This is a great story interrupted for most of the book by endless meandering. What a jolly life!” “By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat. What a life it would have been to be a guide on the Colorado in th. The author violates the Chekhov rule (if you put a gun on the mantelpiece, it should go off by the second act) vs giving us the action (or at least a summary of it) before launching into the back story. 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 also a lot of information about dams and the environmental aspect of building them. Fedarko’s 2013 book about the speed attempt, The Emerald Mile, took a Grand Canyon campfire story and made it into a classic of adventure literature, weaving together the stories of early Grand Canyon exploration (including the Powell expeditions), the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, the history of river guiding in the Canyon, and Grua’s biography into a rich narrative. Can an adventure story be as beautiful as it is heart-stopping and exciting? Kenton Grua was born and raised in Vernal, Utah. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a smallwooden dory named the Emerald Mile at the head of the Grand Canyon, justfifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd butdownright suicidal.The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, wasrescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, whointended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic … Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. I didn’t expect it to be so dense looking! Highly recommend. 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. 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.”, “The English novelist J. 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. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. 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. by Scribner. List Price: $18.99. Not only does the book cover the fastest ride through the Grand Canyon, it also brings to life the explorers who visited and challenged the Canyon over the centuries. . Excepting when the melting snows send their annual torrents through the avenues to the Colorado, conveying with them sound and motion, these dismal abysses, and the arid table-lands that enclose them, are left as they have been for ages, in unbroken solitude and silence. “The canyon and her dories embody and elusive riddle. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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. A magnificent waterway had been sacrificed on the altar of a technology that enabled people to prosper without limits, without balance, without any connection to the environment in which they lived—and in the process, fostered the delusion that the desert had been conquered. Expecting a mild adventure read, I ordered this book based on some comments in the Outside book club Facebook group. 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. The Emerald Mile is the best combination of journalistic reporting and eloquent storytelling. It was an. We’d love your help. —WALLACE STEGNER”, “The tempestuous stretch of river below that dam, however, represents something no less central to the national ethos: the fact that another aspect of our character as a people derives from an extended encounter with wilderness.”, “He then offered one of the most infamous pronouncements that has ever been made about the Grand Canyon: Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality. Kevin Fedarko is a painter - he just uses words instead of paint. View all copies of 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). The Emerald Mile: Best Adventure Book Ever? 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. 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. In the minds of its engineers and its managers, Glen affirmed everything that was right about America. Recommended! The depictions of The Grand Canyon and the river running experience are stunning. 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. Imagine floating through that nonsense in a life jacket. We have an unknown distance yet to run; an unknown river yet to explore. For all these reasons, Hoover is regarded by many civil engineers as one of America’s most impressive achievements. “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. Info/Buy Search for Another Book. Fedarko's first book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award, and was a New York Times bestseller. 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. . To Kenton Grua and the river folk who inhabited the world of the canyon, however, the dam was an offense against nature. List Price: $29.95 ... Kevin Fedarko, Fedarko, Kevin. Eleven of us had gathered for a book club-style talk about The Emerald Mile, a story of the fastest boat ride down the length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon during the flood of 1983 (fastest, that is, until 2016). 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.”, “Three generations later, viewed from the standpoint of the digital age, a structure such as Hoover can appear to suffer from a kind of vulgarity of size—a thing so enormous and monolithic as to seem preindustrial, almost primitive. 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. His 2013 release, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, won a NOB. 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 Emerald Mile. B. Priestley once said that if he were an American, he would make the final test of whatever men chose to do in art, business, or politics a comparison with the Grand Canyon. —ROBERT FROST”, “From every direction, the place is under assault—and unlike in the past, the adversary is not concentrated in a single force, such as the Bureau of Reclamation, but takes the form of separate outfits conducting smaller attacks that are, in many ways, far more insidious. 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. Kenton Grua and Georgie White, first professional river guide. . 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. A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. 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. 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. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls rise over the river, we know not. 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. At this point, they had no clear idea how far they had come or how much canyon lay ahead of them. First, high praise for Kevin Fedarko! The frequency of that vibration was impossible for the ear to pick up, but it registered unmistakably on the hairs of the forearms, the wall of the chest, and deep in the belly. Fedarko was a staff writer at. 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 is the rarest of creations–a magical convergence of words and paper, wood and water, rock and sky, human character and cosmic caprice. The movement that he and David Brower helped build is not only in retreat but finds itself the target of bottomless contempt. The night sky is so much better than anything I could have imagined. 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. ISBN 10: 1439159858 / ISBN 13: 9781439159859. 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. 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. Many more details than I personally cared to read. Best Sellers. The Emerald Mile The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon (Book) : Fedarko, Kevin : From one of Outside magazine's Literary All-Stars comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. What makes the book so compelling is the broader narrative - this is not so much a book about a rafting trip it is a book about the Grand Canyon and America's relationship to wilderness. His 2013 release, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, won a NOBA- a National Outdoor Book Award. Author (s): Kevin Fedarko (Goodreads Author) ISBN: 1439159858 (ISBN13: 9781439159859) Hello Select your address All Hello, Sign in. Slept under the stars every night and cruised, swam and hiked during the day. “People often tell me not to be extreme,” he would repeatedly declare. 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. To float, to drift, savoring the pulse of the river on its odyssey through the canyon, and above all, to postpone the unwelcome and distinctly unpleasant moment when one is forced to reemerge and reenter the world beyond the rim-that is the paramount goal.”, “But they have preserved an aspect of the American persona that is uniquely vital to the health of this republic. 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. This one is, and Fedarko's book is as inspiring as a dory itself, flying down a wild river. Chasing A Dream, Speeding Down 'The Emerald Mile' Host Rachel Martin talks to writer Kevin Fedarko about his new book, The Emerald Mile, which tells … 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. A historian's love of the Grand Canyon. Kevin Fedarko is a painter - he just uses words instead of paint. 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? Angie Thomas was as stunned as her fans when she was spurred to write a prequel to The Hate U Give, her blockbuster 2017 YA debut inspired by... To see what your friends thought of this book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, This past August 2018, I had the great privilege to take a 5 day journey down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. He believed that whatever was false and ephemeral would be exposed for what it was when set against that mass of geology and light. And you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. Footage from Challenge At Glen Canyon is in the public domaine. Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko. 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. I also would like to rate this higher. 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. Definitely makes me want to go ride in the Grand Canyon in one of the dories. 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. 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 Emerald Mile is a pointe conservation essay cleverly disguised as an adventure book. The topic of river rafting in the Grand Canyon just didn't seem too interesting to me. Kenton Grua in the 2000s. One of the best I've seen lately. Eloquently written and well researched the boom covers many facets of the Grand Canyon all focused through the lens of the "speed run." Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. 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. This is terrific narrative nonfiction. He rowed them clear of the night's embrace. 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. 972 reviews. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “The Emerald Mile” by Kevin Fedarko. This book had a lot more to it than I expected. 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. 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). I didn’t expect it to be so dense looking! With the melt-out in late May and early June, however, the river’s flow can undergo spectacular bursts of change. Be the first to ask a question about The Emerald Mile. 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