- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811822613
- ISBN-13: 978-0811822619
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey Paperback – April 1, 1999
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Reviews from: SPORTS AFIELD MAGAZINE
Although millions of people visit Arizona's Grand Canyon each year, few experience the fear and thrill of rafting a dory for the 277 miles of the Colorado river that both meanders and roars beneath. Blaustein documents such a journey with his stunning photographs of rocks, whitewater and wildlife; an 18-day journal from Edward Abbey; and an introduction from Martin Litton.
This book grabbed the attention of everyone who saw it on my coffee table during the review process. If you have paddled the Grand Canyon you will probably want this book for your own coffee table, because John Blaustein is one of the most celebrated photographers to ever travel the length of the Grand. And de did so with the likes of Martin Litton and Edward Abbey in wooden dories. Blaustein tells the story of the Colorado River from the depths of the Grand Canyon with more than 100 images, their stunning quality justifying the reprinting of this book from its original form in 1977. This time it's even better, including 12 new photographs, an introduction by river and environmental pioneer Martin Litton, and A Journal by literary and environmental pioneer Edward Abbey. This book will take you back to the days when only a handful of brave people rowed the Grand, and it will keep the memories fresh with the only collection of published photographs that documents the Canyon from river level.
The dory plunges into the watery hole, then up the slope of the standing wave. Water topples upon us, filling the boat in an instant. The force of the river carries us through the first wave and into a second, deeper hole....The dory drops into the deepest hole yet. I think I can almost see bedrock bottom. The third wave towers above us. Far above. The Great Wave. Heavily our waterloaded boat, askew, climbs up its face. Never makes it. As the wave hits us from the portside our dory turns over with the grave, solemn, inevitable certainty of disaster. No one says a word as we go under. from Edward Abbey's journal
About the Author
John Blaustein is an accomplished photographer who has guided more than 50 river trips in the Grand Canyon. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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The quality of the photography is so stunning that the book meant even more to us afterwards. The photographer was a young heroic boatman on the Grand Canyon when he shot these images, and he has since become recognized as a commercial photographer. This, however, is art.
The text by Abbey has some literary curiosity value, but the photos are the heart of this book.
Get one for yourself if you are also getting one as a gift, it's that delicious.