National Geographic : 1914 Aug
Photo by Kolb Brothers ABOVE THE SOAP CREEK RAPID, IN MARBLE CANYON The scene of two of our upsets. Note figure on the right shore (see text, page 162) when we found him. This was the only thing that seemed to worry him. He seemed to have no idea of the country below, but thought it was getting better. We told him what we knew of it, and, on the following morning, offered to take him through with us and help him with his boat, but he declined. It almost seemed like suicide to us. On parting he promised to write to us if he ever got out of Cataract Canyon. As we proceeded on our journey we wondered more than ever if he had not made a serious mistake in attempting it alone. The rapids increased in violence and frequency; the walls drew closer to gether and towered above us until they were over 2,000 feet high; there was small chance to climb out. At one point the river descended 75 feet in three fourths of a mile. We had so many nar row escapes ourselves as we ran these rapids that we temporarily forgot all about Smith and his troubles.