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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; First Edition edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816514291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816514298
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The companies that run chartered boat trips along the majestic but treacherous 226-mile stretch of the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek were bastions of sexism from the early part of the 20th century to the 1970s. They assumed that women were neither strong nor capable enough to pilot a boat full of people through the Grand Canyon. In this volume, Teal, a journalist and boatwoman herself, disproves that theory by cataloging the stories of 11 women who became commercial boat pilots in the 1970s. Many of their stories overlap in the details of how the women learned to row or motor the boats; their perseverance in trying to get hired; and in the passion they voice for the river. ``The water has so much power over the boat and me . . . I feel like the river takes me in its hands,'' says Martha Clark. Yet each boatwoman shares a unique part of her experience. Marilyn Sayre tells how a boyfriend helped her to become a boatwoman; Suzanne Jordan recalls flipping a boat and nearly drowning; and Lorna Corson explains why she returns to the river every year. This is an engaging chronicle of a little-known group of pioneers.

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"An inspiring and necessary reminder that women are thriving in the world of outdoor adventure." —Sojourner"A thoroughly enjoyable read." —Books of the Southwest"The greatest virtue of the book is Teal's literary gift. . . . A fully rounded view of the adrenaline-fueled life on the big water." —Utah Historical Quarterly"The book transcends gender even as it addresses it and thereby joins the dozen or so books about the Grand Canyon that belong in every river runner's library. . . . Without it, history is incomplete." —Paddler

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J-Webster on December 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
A few years back on my first trip through the Grand Canyon I was lucky enough to be in a group that included Louise Teal as one of the guides. I bought this book after the trip and read it on the drive home. I was blown away. Her love of the canyon, the river, the people...it all glows from every page. Rafting the Grand is a life-changing experience; and the elements that make it so are all here--captured and expressed by a woman who has become part of the river and vice versa. She tells the stories of the women who 'broke into the current' with humor, sensitivity, respect and love. On top of all that, she is a very talented writer and this book works purely on that basis. If you've ever run the canyon, buy this book. If you have ever wanted to run it, buy this book. If you've got no interest in the canyon or the Colordo river but enjoy good writing about real stuff, buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alicyn on August 14, 2000
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I recently travelled a rafting trip of the canyon and was totally enthralled by the experience. In many ways it changed my life. Reading this book brings back so many memories of what the trip there is really about. I felt a true connection with the women that travelled it before me. The descriptions are so beautiful. This book crosses genders and is simply about a wonderful place and some extrodinary women that have travelled there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2001
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A friend told me about this book several years ago when I was raft guiding on the Colorado River a little north of the Grand Canyon. I bought the book, and absolutely loved it. As one of the rare breed of female white water rafting guides, it was amazing to read about other women who shared my passion for the river and for the wild places around us. Breaking into the Current is NOT a male-bashing book; it filled with stories that are waiting to be told--stories by and about interesting women who went into a career that few women would consider entering. I loved reading the stories about Lava Falls, the making of Crystal Rapid, and all the others. Each time I return to the book it makes me ache to be on the river yet again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ballou VINE VOICE on April 29, 2011
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Louise Teal was seduced by the grandeur of the canyon when she
was a teen in the 60's. "The canyon was beautiful and intense--a
completely fulfilling place to be." Years later after she married and
moved to Seattle, she yearned to return to life on the river. In
Breaking Into the Current she profiles eleven other women from
varied backgrounds who cast aside civilization to raft rapids
and learn the secrets of the Grand Canyon. Georgie White opened
the way for female river guides in the 50's, but there was still plenty
of resistance from a male dominated society to the having women
guides at the helm well into the 80's. This book is a must read for
teens looking for empowered women role models. All of the women
profiled are brave, self-reliant and intent on self-actualization. I was
happy to learn about each and every one of these inspiring ladies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christina King on July 17, 2000
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I have been a Grand Boatwoman since the late 1980's. This book captures many of the comments and experiences I encountered on many rivers. Everyone handles them differently but the stories ring true.
What an enjoyable book
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I have turned into a river rat years ago, and when I was told one of the stories of the first lady guides on the Colorado River when I floated the Green River last year, I knew that I have to take on this adventure someday. The stories are so inspirational and exciting, and I feel like going down the river every time I am reading them. These women are amazing and their stories have encouraged me to go one step further and not to be scared but motivated and ready. They are my heroes!
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