Category Archives: GCPBA RiverNews – Current and archived news concerning river runners

GCPBA RiverNews – News about river running on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and other rivers around the Southwest. When you choose a story you wish to read, double clicking on that story will download it to your computer as a .pdf file. You will need a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file. Acrobat reader is a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

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GCPBA RiverNews 7/5/2020 – Grand Canyon National Park Requests River Guides and Boaters Bypass Havasu Canyon

Effective immediately, the National Park Service (NPS) is requesting all river trips, both commercial and non-commercial, to voluntarily bypass Havasu Canyon on the Colorado river, located at river mile 157. This request is an effort to minimize the spread of … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 6/7/2020 – River Precautions When River Trips Resume

The Colorado River through Grand Canyon will be open starting June 14th.  We will be able to use our Noncommercial River Permits. We have been in contact with the Grand Canyon River Permits Office for what river trip participants need … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 5/27/2020 – Grand Canyon National Park Adds More Noncommercial River Trips

On May 4, 2020, GCPBA President Richard Harter mailed a letter to Grand Canyon National Park which reviewed the 134 noncommercial river trips that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. They were scheduled to launch in March, April, May, … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 5/1/2020 – Grand Canyon Extends Suspension Of River Trips To June 13

Precautions are being taken due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirmed cases in Grand Canyon National Park : 2 (confirmed on 4/24) Grand Canyon National Park is extending the suspension of administrative, research, private and commercial river rafting trips through June 13, … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 4/20/2020 – An Update To The Throw Cushion/Throw Bag Regulation Revision

The GCPBA Board thought we would provide a little more background on the recent change in the Noncommercial River Trip Regulations issued by the Grand Canyon National Park River Permits Office, which made optional the throw cushion requirement.  (April 8, … Continue reading

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GCPBA RiverNews 4/8/2020 – Grand Canyon Noncommercial River Trip Regulations Are Updated

While we have all been coping with the effects of the corona virus spreading across the country, including suspension of private river trips in Grand Canyon, GCPBA has delayed informing you about an important update to the Noncommercial River Trip … Continue reading

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GCPBA River News 3/21/2020 – Grand Canyon National Park Suspends River Trips

Grand Canyon National Park has suspended all river rafting trips, including administrative, research, private and commercial trips, from March 24 through May 21.  The full text of the announcement is below. Permit holders of canceled trips received the following email … Continue reading

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GCPBA River News 2/23/2020 – Docks Proposed By The Navajo Nation

Greetings to all of you.  We have a report for you regarding new docks proposed by the Navajo Nation. Martin Begaye, Department Director at Navajo Parks and Recreation, Window Rock, Arizona, applied for a permit with the Army Corps of … Continue reading

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GCPBA River News 2/22/2020 – Proposed Dams On The Little Colorado River

Greetings to all of you.  GCPBA has two major topics to share with you, as separate emails, that we have been following and working on.  The first is a proposal by a company to build two dams on the Little … Continue reading

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Cooler Research Investigations

GCPBA board member Blakely LaCroix and Peter Werness, Ph.D. did a formal scientific analysis of the performance of coolers in different configurations.  Their released results are available here:

Article 1:  An Evaluation of Drained vs. Un-Drained Coolers.
Cooler Research Article 1 Drain vs No Drain

Article 2:  An Evaluation of Block ice vs. Cube ice.
Cooler Research article #2 - Block ice vs Cube ice

Article 3:  An Evaluation of Block ice vs. Bottle ice.
Cooler Research article#3- Block ice vs Bottle ice
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