National Geographic : 1924 May
500 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE The latter estimate is con .g servative, especially regard "= ing the two big waves at the ..... head of the first steep drop. SThe waves of rapids are . very difficult to measure. a Estimates of the height of " many we ran or narrowly ot avoided varied considerably, a -e even among the engineers of o the party. o. For several miles below z Soap Creek there is no water . o through which a well-han Mo died open boat cannot be run S without serious danger. The " fact that an upset was re - sponsible for the -death of "s Brown, president of the com e . pany planning to build a rail 6> way through the Grand Can 2< yon, is proof of the inade quate boats of his party. w Stanton's perseverance with a so poor an outfit, after the death of Brown, is one of o the finest examples of forti z ~ tude in Colorado River his S tory. At noon on the 4th we So- halted for lunch on a shelf S I yards above the head of ." a long and fairly rough rapid, o the walls on both sides of o which were so sheer that S there was no chance of work k~ ing along to reconnoiter. -o From the most favorable S. vantage point attainable, the z O ~ upper section appeared to be - readily runnable; a second 3 S riffle, disappearing around a w~ bend below, could only be 0 0- guessed at. Su To Powell, on his first voy g eage, the place was calculated '.Y to awaken serious apprehen Ssion, and he ran it only after o 3 working his boats down o along the wall to the head by a very ingenious and intricate o piece of lining. In our case, knowing the rapid had been run a number of times with out trouble, there was little .. to give pause.