Grand Canyon River Running Stories

November, 2013 (spring in Australia.


So, here we are, end of the 2013 US river season, and nearing the end of the Aussie one as well, though lots of other great rivers to run in the rest of the Southern Hemisphere!

Just finished some really fun guide's schools and swiftwater rescue courses. Now to the editing and writing. Met a reporter bloke (Aussie for "guy") at the local put-in, working on a river guiding story for the ABC radio (like NPR in the US). Did an interview which was a blast. You can hear it by clicking the mp3 play button below this text box.

In the meantime, I'm working on the latest iteration of the 83 high water video, with some cool new footage. But, its missing some things I'd like to see.


If you have any photos or video footage, please send it along. I'd love to use it (and credit you as well!) You get a free copy of the whole video if your stuff is accepted. What I'm really looking for at present includes:

* A photo of the Granite (Deer Creek) narrows, high and low water.

* A photo taken from Helicopter Eddy or the left bank there, ideally looking upstream

* A photo of the old stone water gauging station on river left at Lees Ferry, taken from Lees.

* A photo of the Ross Wheeler, ideally taken from just about the entry of Bass rapids

* Photos of the mouth of Havasu, the old "upper" National  Canyon camp, and Diamond Creek take out from the middle of the river.


I'll also send you a free copy of the updated 83 high water video if I publish your content on the website.

Happy river running to all!

ABC news radio Australia interview with Jeffe

"The Most Important Thing in Communication is to Hear What Isn't Being Said."

Jeffe Cremation of Sam McGee - YouTube

See a blurry (NOT from Highland Single Malt!) recitation of The Cremation of Sam McGee on the Lower Salmon in Idaho!

The Author

"He wore a smile you could see a mile."
(from Robert Service, "The Cremation of Sam McGee")

About the author

Jeffe Aronson

        Rowing Dories in the Grand Canyon? Best damn river trip on earth.

        I escaped my Chicago Jewish ghetto rebellious and lost, hot to leave everything “civilized” far behind. I spent my next years living in tipis, hippie buses, & yurts, while doing crazy shit like mountaineering, rock climbing, & hitchhiking across the US (loved every minute of my frantic search!).

Rivers saved me, specifically the The Mighty Colorado in the Grand Canyon. More to the point, I found a tribe I could feel connected to:

       1River guides. noun

A band of brothers & sisters. An eclectic bunch of talented misfits, often anti-authoritarian, and untamable as the rivers they run.

Mostly our clients only see our professional sides, where we put the poised mask on in the face of the storm. Thus, the heroic moniker "River Gods".

       We know better. In the stories I write about the people I've met, things I've seen, and mis-adventures I've had a hand in, I try to show who we really are, our fears, frailties, and failures...
as well as our shining moments. Have a highland single malt and enjoy some of the stories here, free! (or buy one of my Kindle adventures for a buck and a half!)

A riveting collection of adventure narratives

"Exquisite, urgent memories, truly powerful, supernova and all. I can smell it."

–Craig Childs, author

"Thank you for your willingness to work with us and excitement! We love reading about your adventurous excursions with the way you bring people to life and also paint a vivid picture that those who have never even been on a river can even see and experience.

–From the editors at Canyon Voices

“…[G]reat stories—ones that would appeal to more than the river crowd.”

—Scott Thybony, author of the Incredible Grand Canyon, Rock Art of the American Southwest, and Outlaws and Gunslingers


“There is a life which is interesting, reflective, reactive, honest and raw. There is plenty to relate to on a feeling, human level…. I laughed, cried, bit my nails, and felt like I was privy to a very personal story…. Your descriptions of places and events take me there and are worded with some very good turns of phrase that make me emphatically say, YES!”

—Deb Dohm, editor


“It was just terrific—interesting, informative, colorfully descriptive, increasingly intense, exciting, dramatic! I thoroughly enjoyed it, every word of it, ... When's the next fabulous tale?”

—Ann Waybur, 90-year-old former Grand Canyon client (the first woman to graduate UC Berkeley summa-cum-laude in 1941)

Click Any link below to see some great videos! (The photos are random)