Pikes Peak River Runners
The Weakest Link Grand Canyon Edition
by Christina King
Explanation of Game: The game is played using the TV
concept but we didnt bother with voting people off. We had one person calling on
everyone in the group equally. I explained that each person was competing by answering the
most correct answers and winning a "semi-valuable" prize. The entire group voted
several people winners for answering the most correct answers at the end of the game.
It really gives the group a more in-depth appreciation for the
area we are traveling through and even our Grand Canyon veterans were
"incorrect" some of the time. It was a lot of fun.
- What is the capitol of Arizona? Phoenix
- What is the population of Arizona? 4.8 million
- What is Arizona known as? The Grand Canyon State
- Highest elevation? Humphreys Peak, 12,643 feet, located in the San
Francisco Mountains north of Flagstaff
- Lowest elevation? Colorado River (Yuma Co.), 70 ft.
- State Flower? Saguaro Blossom
- How long can the Saguaro tree live? Up to 200 years
- State Bird? Cactus Wren
- State Gem? Turquoise
- State Fossil? Petrified wood
- State Tree? Palo Verde
- State Mammal? Ringtail
- State Reptile? Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake
- State Amphibian? Arizona Treefrog
- State Neckware? Bola tie
- State Fish? Arizona Trout
- When did Arizona become a state and what number state was it?
- How many hours does it take to drive from Woodland Park to
Lees Ferry? 17 hours
- Lees Ferry is named after who and how many wives did he
have? John D. Lee, 19
- What do the initials stand for in Canyon REO? River Equipment
- Name one of Arizona's most famous residents? Former U.S. Senator
Barry Goldwater, broadcaster Hugh Downs, Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, cartoonist Bill
Keane, singer Glen Campbell, actress Sean Young, rock star Alice Cooper, actor Leslie
Nielsen, US supreme court justice Sandra Day OConner and hotelier Leona Helmsley,
Senator John McCain
- What is virga? Rain that evaporates before reaching the
- What is non-virga? Getting dipsticked!
- What plants cover the walls at Elves Chasm? Ferns
- What is the introduced plant that tastes like salt? Tamarisk or
- How long does a Century plant live? 15-25 years
- What cactus can be used to make jelly, syrup and candy? Prickly
- What plant has dangerous hallucinogenic properties? Sacred Datura
About the park and permits
- When was the Grand Canyon National Park established? 1919
- What is the phone number to the river permits office? 800-959-9164
- How many private launches are there per year?
- Can a person apply anytime to put their name on
the private wait list? NO
- What is the new management system to get a
- How much does it cost to apply for the lottery ?
~$25, I think
- What is required 90 days before you launch? $100/person in permit
- What is required if your boat is more than 16 feet long? A
- How many spare oars are required per boat? Two
- What emergency signaling equipment is required? Two orange panels
(3x10) and a US Air Force signal mirror
- Name one restricted area for camping? Redwall, Little Colorado,
Phantom Ranch, Shinumo Creek, Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Falls, Matkatamiba, Havasu,
soon to be Kanab and Tapeats
- What are the maximum number of days you can take on the Grand
under the new permit season? 16 in Summer, 18 in Fall/Spring, 25 in Winter.
- How old do you have to be to be a permit holder
on the Grand? 18 at the time of the permit.
- Where does the Colorado River end up? The Gulf of California in
- How wide is the canyon? The widest point along its 277-mile length
is 10 miles.
- What is the narrowest point of the river? 76 feet at Granite
Narrows, Mile 136
- How deep is the steepest part of the Grand Canyon? 1 mile deep
- How long is the Grand Canyon trip? 224 miles, 277 miles if you go
to Pearce Ferry which is closed, ? miles of you go to South Cove
- Where are the headwaters of the Colorado River? Grand Lake in
- What was the Colorado Rivers first name? Rio Colorado by the
Spanish then The Grand
- What is the river rangers name? Dave Chapman
- Who wrote the best Grand Canyon waterproof river map guide? Larry
Stevens (blue cover)
- How many visitors does the Grand Canyon National Park have per
year? 5 million
- What is the temperature of the water coming out from Glen Canyon
Dam? 46 F and it warms up 60 degrees by Lake Mead
- Where is the Grand put-in? Lees Ferry
- Where is our Grand take-out? Diamond Creek, you can also take out
at South Cove
- This lake was created by Glen Canyon Dam? Lake Powell
- This lake was created by Hoover Dam? Lake Meade
- What is the largest Indian tribe that inhabits the area near the
Grand Canyon? Navajo
- What indian tribe inhabits the Havasu drainage? Havasupai
- What indian tribe inhabits the Diamond Creek drainage? Hualapai
- What does pai mean? The people of
History, people and rapids
- Estimated highest flows in the last 4000 years? 250,000 cfs
- Typical pre-dam flows in June? 85,000 cfs
- What Civil War veteran first ran the wild Colorado and when? John Wesley Powell, 1869
- What was his rank? Major
- Where did he lose his right arm? Battle of Shilo, Civil War
- Who first developed the stern first technique of running Grand
Canyon rapids? Nathaniel Galloway
- Who were the first women to traverse the river? Dr Elzada Clover
and Lois Jotter in 1938
- Who was the first kayaker to run the Grand? Alexander
"Zee" Grant in 1941
- Who was known as the "First woman of the River" and the
inventor of the "G" rig? Georgie White for running large G-rig commercial trips.
- What was Georgies typical river attire? A white pitch jungle
helmet and leopard skin bathing suit.
- Who was the first person to row the Grand Canyon alone? Buzz
Holstrom in 1937, Green River, Wyoming to Hoover Dam
- When was the first jet boat up-river run in the Grand? 1960
- What is a pontoon boat used for? Haul lots of gear and people by
- What was Martin Litton's choice of boat in the
Grand Canyon? Dory
- In 1980, the Fund for Animals safely removed over 500 of these
from the Grand Canyon? Burros
- What was "Brighty of the Grand Canyon? A Burro
- Who first swam the entire Grand Canyon and when? John Daggett and
Bill Beer in 1955 using water wings
- Where is mile 0? Lees Ferry
- When was the road to Lees Ferry built? 1871
- When was the Navajo bridge built? 1929
- What is the (worlds largest) bird that can be seen in the
Grand Canyon? The condor and dont feed them.
- What state is the condor named after? California
- What rapid sneaks up on the careless drifter? Badger Creek
- What was Soap Creek named after? The dead boiled fat of a raccoon
- Where are the first Anasazi ruins on the Grand? North Canyon
- These cats are fairly common in the canyon and are nocturnal and
rarely seen? Ringtail cats
- What can be found at Nautiloid Canyon? Fossils in the limestone
- What is just below South Canyon? Redwall Cavern
- The Anasazi built these to protect their harvests from rodents and
hungry strangers? Granaries, the ones are Nankoweep are great
- Who died at mile 24.5 rapid? Bert Loper in 1949
- What does MNA rapid stand for? Museum of Northern Arizona, first
discovered the rapid.
- What colors can the Little Colorado river run? Brown, red, blue
- The Little Colorado drains how many square miles? 36,900
- Where can a river runner first spy the Desert View watchtower?
Near Tanner Rapid area.
- What happened at 21,000 feet above Chuar Butte? TWA
and United jets collided in 1956 killing all 128 people aboard.
- What can be found at on the Unkar Rapid delta? Many Anasazi ruins
- Where does the Inner Gorge start? Nevills rapid
- Why is it called the Inner Gorge? From the river it is not easy to
see the outer rim of the Grand Canyon
- What does Sockdolager mean? A knockout blow
- Who had their only flip in 20 years here? Pete at Sockdolager
- This ranch is named after a tributary of Bright Angel Creek?
- When was the Kaibab suspension bridge built? 1928
- What day do we pass Phantom Canyon? Typically Day 6
- What three inner-gorge Grand rapids are considered very difficult?
Horn Creek, Granite and Hermit
- Who was swept of their raft and swam this rapid? Christina at
- What rapid has the highest waves? Hermit
- What are the section of rapids starting with Crystal rapid known
as? The Gems
- When was Crystal rapid formed and how? 1966, during a flashflood
- Where is the Dollhouse? Just above
Bedrock, river right.
- What is so hard about Bedrock rapid? Pulling to the right side of
the river-wide rock
- What waterfall is located just below Deubendorff Rapid? Stone
- What are the 3 camps that access the Thunder River hike?
Racetrack, upper and lower Tapeats Creek
- According to Pete, what is the best campsite in
the Grand Canyon? Ledges
- Where can poison ivy be found? Vaseys Paradise and on the
Deer Creek Falls trail
- Who capsized in Upset Rapid, giving it its name? Emery Kolb
- What chemical forms the pools at Havasu Creek? Travertine
- Vulcans Anvil is actually the core of a what? Volcano
- Christina has flipped here? Lava Falls
- What is the origin of the camp named Cremation Creek?
Indians used to throw the ashes of cremated bodies over this cliff area.
- Where do commercial outfitters commonly exchange and/or takeout
passengers? Phantom Ranch and helicopter out customers at Whitmore Wash.
- Where are the last pictographs on the Grand?
- What couple disappeared from the Grand Canyon while running their
sweep boat down the river in 1928? Glen and Bessie Hyde
- What Grand Canyon hotsprings are named after a vegetable? Pumpkin
- When does the Grand Canyon get the most rain in the form of summer
- What are the odds that the road at Diamond will be washed out? 1
in 30 in August
- What mountain is named after a precious gem?
- Eat here and get gas
.slightly used and abused napkins and
straws signify what? Lunch at Delgadillos in Seligman
- What honeymoon couple disappeared in the lower Canyon? Glen and
- Name 6 rapids that are a very good idea to scout? House
Rock, Hance, Granite, Crystal, Upset, Lava Falls
- What is river flow measured in? CFS
- What does CFS stand for? Cubic Feet per second
- How do you dispose of dishwater on the Grand? Strain and broadcast
in the river current
- Does bleach go in every dish bucket? Yes
- How much bleach goes in the dish buckets? 1 capful each, no more
- Where do you crush cans? Below the high water line
- Where do you urinate? In the river
- What do you do if you have to poop during the day? Tell someone
and the toilet will be pulled out. Do not cheat or wait too long.
- Where are good places to get drinking water? Vaseys
Paradise, Phantom Ranch, Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek
- Which sidestreams do you typically avoid to
gather drinking water? South Rim drainages
- How do you treat the drinking water gathered at open creeks? Add a
small amount of bleach (the smallest you can add), mix and let stand overnight before
using OR Filter
- Where do you bathe with soap? In the river, NOT in the side
- Is any trash biodegradable in the Grand? NO. All trash gets
carried out with us.
- Where does ash go? In the ashcan, not in the river.
- Can you burn firewood? Only in the winter season
- Who is the KC Chiefs head coach? Herm Edwards
- Quarterback? Trent Green
- Running back? Larry Johnson
- Finest football coach of our time? Marty Schottenheimer
- What is the name of the Chief's football stadium? Arrowhead
- What is the name of the Kansas City professional baseball team?
- What is a Jayhawk? Mythical bird, pioneers associated the
word with lawlessness.
- What does AARP stand for? American Association of Retired Persons
- How old do you have to be to join AARP? 50, unless someone gives
you a gift membership.
- Where does the word "groover" come from? In the early
days of rafting we sat directly on rocket boxes to poop and it left grooves on our behinds
- What is the name of the private boaters group? Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association,
$25/year membership. If you love the Grand, join.