“A high-water mark in river running humor from the guides and the misguided.” —Tim Cahill, author of Pass the Butterworms and Pecked to Death by Ducks

of great tales, funny stories, and river lore, it will make some river
runners eager to get back into the boats—and some wishing they had
stayed home.” —Peter Stark, author of Last Breath and Driving to

“Just when you thought whitewater mayhem was no
laughing matter, Michael Engelhard serves up Hell’s Half Mile, a
potpourri of ticklish adventures and misadventures.”
—Michael P. Ghiglieri, author of Canyon, Over the Edge, and First Through Grand Canyon

the best in humorous outdoors writing and the lowest in guide culture.”
—John Weisheit, co-founder of Colorado River Guides
and Conservation Director of Living Rivers

wisdom postulates that there are two kinds of boaters: Those who have
flipped and those who will. Most of the contributors to this anthology
fall into the former category.

You will find stories of rafters,
canoeists, kayakers, and dory men. You will meet two brave youths
swimming the entire Grand Canyon, a bear hitching a ride in a boat,
naked canoeists, egg-slinging river guides, a floating turkey, and
rangers assassinating a goat. You will witness epic wrecks, strange
games and vehicles, and tourists getting lost on the river.

are all here: The misfits and misanthropes, the dreamers and daredevils,
weekend warriors and professional guides, nataphobes and bibliophiles,
“established voices” and undiscovered gems. Hell’s Half Mile is likely
to become a classic in the genre of humorous adventure writing.


Engelhard works as an outdoors instructor and river guide on the
Colorado Plateau. He is the author of an essay collection, Where the
Rain Children Sleep, and has contributed to a number of magazines. His
most recent project is a book of stories about the western horse.

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