Hell's Half Mile: River Runners' Tales of Hilarity and Misadventure

Hell's Half Mile: River Runners' Tales of Hilarity and Misadventure

by Michael Engelhard

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�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

�Full 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 Greenland

�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

�Represents 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


River 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.

They 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.

Michael 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149389865
Publisher: Breakaway Books
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 900,928
File size: 605 KB

About the Author

Michael Engelhard is an anthropologist and an outdoors instructor. He writes natural history and travel pieces for Northern Lights, Plateau Journal, Wild Earth and other publications.

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