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.
Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature�and about ourselves�hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.