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The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River

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Bert Loper, the Grand Old Man of the Colorado, was born the day Major Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and Colorado in 1869. He died just days after the first motorboat had passed through Grand Canyon. He knew every river runner in between, and by the time of his death at 80 years old, had run more of the Colorado than anyone. But it was never easy--orphane ...more
Paperback, 457 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Fretwater Press
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Apr 11, 2015 Ants rated it it was amazing
Brad Dimock has written an excellent book, but it will likely not be a fast reader. There are 457 numbered pages, plenty of references and an abundance of pictures.

Albert Loper, commonly referred to as Bert, lived a life that I could not imagine. For those who may be curious, I am a much bigger fan of history and story than a river rat. The history of activities in the Grand Canyon (other than native Americans) is surprisingly well documented. Loper's life leading up to his river adventures was
Jan 13, 2009 Ross rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but, 400 pages is a lot to read about some old river rat who didn't really accomplish that much in his life. My enjoyment came from the fact that I was personally familiar with the rivers he ran and like learning about those who preceded todays river runners. It was interesting to see the connections between Mr. Loper and the young river guides that he trained who were the old timers and pioneers I learned about when I worked on the Colorado river in the 1970's. I was surpris ...more
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Dec 13, 2012 Corey Ames rated it really liked it
As a former river guide, it was great to read about the pioneers of river running. I found I can track my guide training back to Burt via Ken Sleight and the first generation of SPLORE guides!
Nov 08, 2009 Shannon rated it liked it
Pretty good book about the first known explorations of the Colorado by boat/raft and the crazy-ass people that first ran the river!
Jan 05, 2008 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: river-reads
My favorite book I ever wrote.
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