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  •  Took a trip with GC Dories back in the 80s (5+ / 0-)

    The trip leader was a fellow by the name of Rudi Petschek. He was one of a group of 3 boatmen (Kenton Grua and another whose name I don't know) who wanted to set the record for quickest row trip through the canyon. It turned out that they were doing a release on the night of a full moon. These guys rigged a dory with lights and set off from Lees Ferry late on the night of the release, sans NPS permit. They took turns rowing the entire 277 miles in something like 36 hours. And that was after flipping the boat in Crystal rapids. I don't remember if they were arrested but they certainly were fined but they had the record. I think it still stands.

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    by sizzzzlerz on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:24:07 PM PDT

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    •  know this stunt well. . . (4+ / 0-)

      and, yes, they were arrested. A huge fine. No prison time, I don't think; but community service. Ka-razy. Sounds like the stunts the boys in the 50s did, with and without speed boats. Imagine, too, those dudes trying to set records by going upriver (from Pearce's Ferry). . .that must of been nuts, too. Anyway, stay away from Crystal. Run it river right and tight. There is a hole in the channel that is about 36 feet deep. When you pass by, and if you dare, you can look down into the mouth of the devil, himself. Do you know the story of Martin Litton and his infamous run down Crystal? Let me know, because I can send it to your email (or maybe post an open comment. Funniest damn river story of them all. Anyway, thanks for sharing this story, sizzzzlerz. I'm thinking our community got a kick out of it.

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      by richholtzin on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:32:33 PM PDT

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      •  A book on this event is coming out in May (2+ / 0-)
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        called The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko, a part-time GC boatman and Outside Magazine editor. It turns out I had part of the story wrong. They weren't releasing water as an experiment but rather, to keep the water from over-topping the dam! There was a huge snow melt that year and Lake Foul was filled to over-flowing (try and envision that if you've seen the lake levels recently). In addition to the speed record, it resulted in one of the largest NPS rescue efforts on the river in history due to the very high and fast water's effect on the boat trips. I'm looking forward to reading it.

        I don't get mad. I get stabby!" - Fat Tony D'Amico

        by sizzzzlerz on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:24:53 AM PDT

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