Grand Canyon- A Proper British Education.

Ross leading the charge into Granite Rapid.

Ross, one of the Brits, leading the charge into Granite Rapid.

Just two days prior to putting in on the Grand Canyon, we had been amongst the lush forests of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. The area around Lee’s Ferry in Arizona, the put-in for the Colorado, could not be more different.  Driving through the lunar landscape from our meeting point at Marble Canyon Lodge to the put-in at Lee’s Ferry you wouldn’t expect to find a river there. One of the things that I find so beautiful is the red cliffs in contrast with the blue, blue skies and puffy clouds.

The view looking toward Vermillion Cliffs near the put in of Lee's Ferry.

The view looking toward Vermillion Cliffs near the put in of Lee's Ferry.

Will and Mary enjoying the ride.

Mary H. and Will enjoying the ride.

The first 7 days of this trip began with flows fluctuating between 11,000- 18,000 cfs then it settled into a steady 10,000 cfs for the remainder of our river miles.  Our mostly American group was joined by seven Brits, all family or friends from the same club.  We had been emailing them for over a year, so it was good to finally meet them in person.

Those crazy Brits- you should have seen them the last night when we all dressed up!

Those crazy Brits- you should have seen them the last night when we all dressed up!

"Hiking" Matkatamiba.

"Hiking" Matkatamiba.

Despite our similarities in language (ours was English, their’s was proper English), there are some wonderful differences in kayaking terminology. As we discussed lines, technique, equipment and strategies it was fun to see the sometimes puzzled looks on all of our faces as one group used terms unfamiliar to the other.  Splits, cags, stoppers, break ins, break outs, domer, cfs vs. cms, fpm vs. mpk  and buoyancy aid were just a few that required clarification. Nothing a pint at the end of the day wouldn’t clear up .

Enjoying an impromptu raft party at the end of the day.

Enjoying an impromptu raft party at the end of the day.

Dave asks, "how do you want thtat fish?"

How did you want that fish cooked?

Joel in his HPIK (high performance inflatable kayak) at Havasu Creek.

Joel in his HPIK (high performance inflatable kayak) at Havasu Creek.

Here is a quick summation of the trip: It ain’t over till the Hawaiian swims, twins x 2, number nine, go big and GO BIGGER, Mike K. on grill, “No thanks, tequila makes me dance naked”, laps at Granite,  Andrew’s amazing one-oar raft technique, windstorm at Fern Glen, Steiner’s geology, laps at Crystal, Bruce’s poetry readings, cooked Brits at Thunder River, raft parties, Ross’ paddle dance, rainstorms and rainbows, dinners by Dave, and “can someone translate ?”.

Connor D. gets his weight forward in Granite.

Connor gets his weight forward in Granite.

Liam D. between big and BIGGER in Granite.

Liam between big and BIGGER in Granite.

Desert rain at Galloway camp.

Desert rain at Galloway camp.

British and Americans unite!  The August 26- Sept 7 Grand Canyon group.

British and Americans unite! The August 26- Sept 7 Grand Canyon group.

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