Upcoming Events in the Land Trust Community

Kevin Fedarko, author of the Emerald Mile

book coverThe Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is sponsoring a program by Kevin Fedarko, author of the Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 pm, SteamPlant Ballroom, $5 suggested donation

Following the program at the SteamPlant the Land Trust will hold a social at Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, 144 West First Street, Salida. Wood’s Distillery will donate a portion of each drink purchased to the Land Trust. Join us and Kevin Fedarko for a local mixed drink.

The program is co-sponsored by Dave and Maureen Schultz of River Front Condominiums

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Kevin Fedarko

Kevin Fedarko lives in Flagstaff, AZ. He has written articles for Outside Magazine, Esquire, and National Geographic Adventure. He is also a part-time river guide in Grand Canyon National Park.

From the publisher of the Emerald Mile: “In the winter of 1983, the largest El Nino event on record sent a chain of super storms in the from the Pacific Ocean to batter the entire West. That spring, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam, a 710-foot-high wall of concrete that sat at the head of the most iconic landscape feature in America, the Grand Canyon. As the water clawed toward the parapet of the dam, worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a worst-case scenario: one of the most dramatic dam failures in history.

Kenton Grua, a fearless boatman and the captain of the Emerald Mile, embarked on an unusal and defiant mission: to use the flooding dam’s torrents of water as a hydraulic slingshot that would hurl him and two companions through 277 miles of some of the most ferocious white water in North America and, if everything went as planned, catapult the Emerald Mile into legend as the fastest boat ever propelled – by oar, by motor, or by the grace of God – through the heart of the Grand Canyon.”

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