Grand Canyon of Colorado Kayak Self-Support Published: February 13, 2019

  On January 26, WRI instructors Paul Heffernan, Matt O’Reilly, Frank Preston and Cody Harris launched from Lees Ferry, Arizona for a 10-day kayak self-support down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.  Below are a series of letters and photos discovered in the bottom of a drybag after the trip.  One of our crew wrote these, but choose to remain anonymous.   After reading them, we felt ...

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Inland Geographic Response Plans: Their Value and Limitations Published: February 27, 2018

Inland Geographic Response Plans With the recent push for Inland Geographic Response Plans (GRP), community and responder preparedness is at an all-time high.  Most of the major waterways in the west now have plans associated with them.  This consolidation of data will undoubtedly make future responses to inland waterways more effective and safe. [caption id="attachment_1051" align="aligncen...

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Developing Good Communication Published: February 27, 2018

Inland Spill Response: Communications is key. It was 11:30 pm, on a moonless night and the temperature was hovering around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The river was lit up with an array of floodlights from shore, mixed with the not-so-bright navigation lights from the boats. Our spill response team was split between three boats assisting in a salvage operation on a river channel. The web of stabilizati...

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Eric Giddens, Owner Kern River Brewing Company/1996 Olympic Kayak Team Member
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