Can Whitewater be Distilled in a Book? A New Coffee Table Book Thinks So


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Photo Courtesy of Yeti and American Rivers.

Whitewater is coming to your coffee table with the publication of, well, “Whitewater,” a book about you know what.

The book is published by YETI, known for making the Cadillacs of coolers, and American Rivers, an organization that advocates for the preservation and ecological restoration of rivers across the states.

The thrill of being on whitewater can only be fully experienced in person but in this new book they claim to “have captured the heart-thumping exhilaration and magic of our country’s wildest rivers,” according to a press release.

Photo Courtesy of Yeti and American Rivers.

The book is a 156-page hardbound volume of photographs and essays by adventure writers and photojournalists, including a foreword by Kevin Fedarko, author of “The Emerald Mile.” Fedarko’s foreward “Let The Current Take You,” covers his experiences with particular rapids and sights along the Grand Canyon.

Fedarko’s book “Emerald Mile” may have popularized John Wesley Powell’s descent of the Colorado River but one of the essays in “Whitewater” reminds readers that the river has a long history with Native American populations that predate Powell. This essay. “We Are Still Here,” is written by Niki and Colleen Cooley, two sisters who grew up on Navajo land. They write about the cultural significance of water and they’re path to becoming commercial guides. Nikki was the first Navajo woman to guide in the Grand Canyon, while Colleen guided the San Juan.

Burkard, McBride, Woodward and more

The other essays celebrate various aspects of whitewater and throughout the book there are photos by Chris Burkard, Pete McBride, Forest Woodward and Nick Kelley.

Fedarko, whose book is required reading for any aspiring whitewater hippy, will be speaking about “Whitewater” and his other work at a Denver retail store on June 4. The event with American Rivers will start at 6pm and end at 8pm. There will be large prints from the book up for silent auction and all of the proceeds will go to American Rivers.

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—By Eric Jankiewicz


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