The Emerald Mile: 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

Kevin Fedarko


From considered one of Outside magazine’s “Literary All-Stars” comes the exciting precise story of the quickest boat experience ever, down the complete size of the Colorado River and during the Grand Canyon, through the mythical flood of 1983.

In the spring of 1983, huge flooding alongside the size of the Colorado River faced a crew of engineers on the Glen Canyon Dam with an unparalleled emergency which can have ended in the main catastrophic dam failure in historical past. in the middle of this problem, the choice to release a small wood dory named “The Emerald Mile” on the head of the Grand Canyon, simply fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, appeared not only ordinary, yet downright suicidal.

The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was once rescued and taken again to lifestyles through Kenton Grua, the fellow on the oars, who meant to exploit this flood as a type of hydraulic sling-shot. The aim used to be to nail the best-ever list for the quickest boat ever propelled—by oar, by way of motor, or via the grace of God himself—down the complete size of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he live to tell the tale? simply slightly. Now, this striking, epic feat unfolds the following, in The Emerald Mile.

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