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First Through Grand Canyon: The Secret Journals & Letters of the 1869 Crew Who Explored the Green & Colorado Rivers, revised edition

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In May of 1869, eleven men embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery. 98 days later six of them arrived 1000 miles away after navigating the Green and Colorado Rivers to the end of Grand Canyon. The journals and writings of the expedition leader, John Wesley Powell have been extensively published but here, for the first time, are the newly transcribed, unabridged ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by Puma Press (first published March 25th 2003)
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Dave Hogg
Jan 24, 2012 Dave Hogg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was the seventh book I finished in 2012, but the first actual brick-and-mortar book. (Well, not actual brick-and-mortar, but you know what I mean. I really love my Kindle.)

I bought it at the Grand Canyon gift shop, choosing it over a book by the same author listing all the people that have died in the Grand Canyon, including how it happened. That turned out to be a lucky break, since my brother already had that one. Let's just say I'm glad I read it after we stood on the canyon rim.

This bo
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lynn
Feb 23, 2014 lynn rated it really liked it
Anyone who has walked to the edge, let alone hiked into or rafted the Grand Canyon may have an interest in tho shook. Having been to many of the spots along the Green and Colorado Rivers: Flaming Gorge and Moab for starters has no trouble visualizing the scenery, vastness, and excitement of journeying through this territory. Imagine being one of the first groups to pass through when the land was still untouched by the white man. No dam system distorting what the river is capable of. Just amazing ...more
gabrielle
Apr 29, 2011 gabrielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure, history
Well, this is a significant improvement over Ghiglieri's other works. Maybe because the bulk of it was actually written by other people. Sad to say, by the time I got through the overly-long prologue and character introduction, I had lost my enthusiasm for the actual journals. Plus the book had to go back to the library.

Sure, there's a lot of information to provide about the characters, but it's organized almost like a textbook, and a not-very-engaging one at that.

The history of this project is
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Doris
Oct 27, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it
Maybe we should change Lake Powell to Lake Sumner.......
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Michael P. Ghiglieri grew up at Lake Tahoe, Nevada as the great grandson of a Forty-niner, served as a US Army platoon sergeant during the Viet Nam era, then earned his Ph.D. in Ecology in 1979 from the University of California at Davis for his pioneering research on wild chimpanzees in Kiable Forest, Uganda. In addition to teaching university courses in primate behavior and ecology and in human e ...more
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