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This article was originally written for a group of southeastern boaters who planned to row 18 foot rafts laden with 18 days of food/equipment through the Grand Canyon--without rowing experience. All were strong kayakers, canoeists, or paddle raft guides. Rowing is different. A heavy raft in Big Water requires new strategies. So this is my explanation, for that gang, of the nuts and bolts for getting down the Canyon.

Lesson 1: How to Punch Big Waves and Holes
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Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon
by Tom Myers and Michael Ghiglieri

This book logs all the mistakes you can make at the Grand Canyon.  There's an interview with the authors here.  There have been some changes since the first edition.  There are more environmental deaths, climbing deaths down in the canyon, and suicides than when the book was written. There are fewer deaths overall and fewer falls from the top of the canyon. Perhaps the park has improved safety and access to cliff tops to cause this change.

Q: What are common risk factors for death at the Canyon?

A: "Men, we have a problem," Ghiglieri said to an audience at NAU's Cline Library this winter, displaying a graphic with a skull and crossbones.

Being male, and young, is a tremendous risk factor, he and Myers found.

Of 55 who have accidentally fallen from the rim of the canyon, 39 were male. Eight of those guys were hopping from one rock to another or posing for pictures, including a 38-year-old father from Texas pretending to fall to scare his daughter, who then really did fall 400 feet to his death.

So is taking unknown shortcuts, which sometimes lead to cliffs.

Going solo is a risk factor in deaths from falls, climbing (anticipated or unplanned) and hiking.

Arrogance, impatience or ignorance also sometimes play a part.

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Nobody expected it to get so many hits when they put it up last year. You can look up births and deaths in the state of AZ.
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In Beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With Beauty may I walk.
With Beauty before me, may I walk.
With Beauty behind me, may I walk.
With Beauty above me, may I walk.
With Beauty below me, may I walk.
With Beauty all around me, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of Beauty,
living again, may I walk.
It is finished in Beauty.
It is finished in Beauty.

(From the Blessing Way Ceremony of the Navajo)
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It was boring! Boring.
How could it be anything else?
You can't see out from the bottom of a canyon.

--Floyd Dominy 

(Dominy died in 2010 at age 100)
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We all know that the hospital is the last place you want to go, unless you really desperately need to be there. That's where the gnarly infections live.

Healthgrades compared mortality data from hospitals across the US and rated them all. I'm pleased to say that Memorial in Chattanooga, TN, made the list, as well as the Mayo clinic hospital in Phoenix, AZ. The Great Lakes region has a top 50 hospital in every state. Ohio and Florida had the most top hospitals (per state). Not a single OR, WV or NY (et. al.) hospital made the list.
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this painting by Shonto Begay....
also for you this amazing musical performance
that I found tonight because of a new Navajo friend:
(Note to God by Diane Warren
sung by the Philipina: Charice, on Oprah)
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She probably had even less fun than the guides who took her down the Colorado on a motor rig.
FYI: "Left Brain" is her husband.

back in PDX

Aug. 6th, 2010 06:46 pm
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Made it. Actually I woke up at an overlook at 4am, about 250 miles from town, and drove in with the first wave of trucks. I was at the DEQ 5 minutes before opening to get my truck emissions checked. From there went straight to the DMV and got it registered. Call insurance to make sure it is extended. I have wheels until 9/2011. Thanks to Bill. So many mechanics flat out refused to even look at this truck, and Bill fixed it in a half day with $70 in parts. So I can go to the mountains when I want, now, instead of waiting and begging for rides.
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It's already been hard pulling myself together to leave Flag. I want to stay longer but my temporary truck registration expires later this week so I must go. Tomorrow I head for Utah.
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Met a girlfriend here about 2pm today and it's almost 5pm and I'm still here. It has been good just to set up my computer and answer my phone when it rings, to catch up on the lists that are in my journal. I've also bumped into a couple of old friends since this coffee shop is such a crossroads. I just pounded a big carbo-loading gluten-free pastry because I'm going climbing at the rock gym this evening with a couple of girlfriends, and I want to have some energy. I have been losing weight since I've been here, eating lightly because it is summer and feels good. I have only a few more days in AZ before I must drive back to OR because my trip permit expires.
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So. I didn't think I'd get this sucked into Flagstaff. Been running around visiting and hiking and shadowing Dr Welch, MD down in Sedona. Haven't even managed to spend a night in every guest room offered. It's kind of nice. Feeling really tired, though, in between all the activity. Perhaps I should lay around more and read another book.

Finished reading The Fifth Agreement (Ruiz) and really enjoyed it. It is so nice to read something that takes human health and sanity beyond dogma. I still highly recommend The Four Agreements to all humans. Wonderful book that brings me up a little higher every time I read it. Now I'm back to reading Dr Mate's book Encounters with the Hungry Ghost, about addiction. Great book.

I guess I won't be posting much, yet again. It's time to cook grits and eggs for breakfast.
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There's an older husky living here who is on 3 meds. She's on metacam/meloxicam which is an NSAID, for her arthritis. She's on levothyroxine (synthetic T4). And she's on DES (diethyl stilbestrol), yes, the same one that they used to give pregnant women that ended up causing all sorts of malformations in their offspring. DES is used in canines to prevent urinary incontinence. Who knew??

I'm interested in your ideas about where I might consider setting up a naturopathic medical practice in the west. Have any suggestions as to places or people I should investigate in the northern half of the western US? When I leave Flag I am going to explore that region on my way back to PDX, and I have never been there before, so I do not know where I am going. Montana for sure, and Sandpoint, Idaho.
Arrived in AZ yesterday morning: brain dump )
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This is where I am going in less than 2 weeks. My friends there are traumatized.


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