Upcoming Trails Trip
Kim is going to be doing another Resource Management
trip this spring, again sponsored by Grand Canyon outfitters, the National Park Service
and GCRG. It will be an 18-day trip, putting in February 23, 1994 (9-day upper, 10-day
lower, exchange at Phantom on March 3, take out at Diamond March 12th). He needs 12
boatmen, including a cook.
Boatmen will receive $100 PER HALF as "reimbursement for transportation
costs". The cook will receive an additional fee for the pre-trip nightmares. Here's
your chance to give something back to the Canyon, have a lot of fun and have the Canyon to
yourselves. The trip also presents a unique opportunity to have some say in the decision
making process about resource management. Sign up!
Last Falls Trails Trip
Heres what the trails trip was all about...
Long hours and low pay, but youll be hungry, and in danger..... No, just kidding, we
werent ever hungry.
The trip that left Lees Ferry was large and fluffy. 9 boats, 16 people, and
quite a few willow and mesquite trees. Before it was over, we would be down to 11 people
and no trees.
The boats, gear, food cost, and subsistence pay for the cook, were donated by
the outfitters. In addition to the logistical support from the outfitters, Kim Crumbo,
Bill Gloeckler, Laurie Lee Staveley, Garrett Schniewind, Drifter Smith, and the warehouse
staffs of AzRA, Can Ex, and ARR, made this trip happen. They worked out logistics, planned
the menu, and pulled the trip together.
We stopped at Badger to do a trash pick-up, worked at South, laid over at
Nankoweap to plant trees at Little Nankoweap and do trail work. Today Im sitting
watching it snow, but six weeks ago I was enjoying the sunshine, the Canyon, Macys
coffee, and the river at Espejo. We stayed at Espejo for three nights, so the crew could
work on the trail between Tanner and the Beamer Cabin.
The crew revegetated multiple trailing at Elves. We camped at 120 Mile,
revegetating some of the trailing between the camps, and the next day the trail crew
performed a complete camp-rebuilding effort at Galloway. We spent three glorious days at
the mouth of Tapeats to work on that trail. At Ponchos, we planted the rest of the
trees, and then we blazed to Whitmore, where we laid over again. The trail crew did
extensive work on the Whitmore Trail to determine the amount of time and manpower needed
to bring the trail up to stock standards. In all, the crew conducted maintenance on 38,700
linear feet of existing trail, applied revegetation techniques to 1,900 linear feet of
multiple trailing, and blocked off 6,000 linear feet of multiple trailing.
There were 30 mile days on the oars, and water that was almost exclusively
low. We had beautiful, exhilarating runs in rapids, Horn Creek at the petrifying stage,
Upset at yahoo level, the right run at Hance, high-enough-to-be-fearsome at Lava. The trip
involved a great deal of hard work. Because of the small number of people, we all had to
do more of the camp chores, on top of the trail work. But I have never done a trip with
people who complained so little, if at all. We laughed around the campfire, and thanks to
Paul, Don, and Bill, had live music virtually every night. The food, if I do say so
myself, was pretty damned good. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny. Halloween at
Cremation was hysterical; we decorated camp, got dressed up, ate blue corn- black bean
tamales, and had ourselves a small celebration under a full moon.
But the best part was how it felt. Giving something back, taking some amount
of responsibility for ameliorating the degradation caused, inevitably, by human activity
in the Canyon. That incredible feeling you get when youre exhausted from working
your tail off just because its the right thing to do.
It was quiet..... very few other trips, no motors; it was the most amazing
feeling. On the bottom half of the trip, most of us were on boats by ourselves, and so we
rowed downstream without any distraction, except what we created ourselves. On a boat,
alone, in the Grand Canyon.
It was sad......we lost crew at Tanner and at Whitmore because of family
It was tiring.....from Tapeats to 165 Mile on low water. 18 days (plus
packing and load-out) with no days off. Rowing all day. Moving huge rocks, huge logs, and
large amounts of dirt. Not real glamorous; trail work. As the cook, I stayed behind while
the others did trail work; cleaning, cooking, and nursing tomatoes. I wasnt there on
the trails, but it was obvious at the end of each day that the crew was tired but
gratified, and hungry.
This trip had a tremendous impact on my head. It wasnt your normal
Grand Canyon river trip. I talked politics with Kim Crumbo, rowed rapids with Dave
Desrosiers, discussed archeology with Helen Fairley, and worked with new people from other
companies. It was the best trip Ive ever done. Sorry guys, I know I promised not to
tell, but they made me.