River Currents Blog

River Currents is a blog open to many voices that have had a connection with the river and our trips. We want to share with you all the various things that go into making a whitewater or bike adventure so richly fulfilling; the science, the folklore, the policies & the poetry of wildness.

You'll hear from our regular contributors such as Fred Swanson, Sawyer Smith, Jack Stauss, and Rica Fulton. You'll also hear from the voices of guides such as Susan Munroe, Justin Malloy and whose lives have been shaped by their time on the river, guests who bring the perspectives that remind us why we're still making these trips happen 50 plus years later.

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The Story Behind John Wesley Powell’s Boat Names

September 29, 2022

By: Roy Webb Quick! What are the names of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 boats?! How about the ones he and…