Salida Slideshow On Sunday and West Coast Addition

Don't forget to catch Tom Martin's slideshow on the Grand Canyon based on his book, "Day Hikes From The River: A Guide to 100 Hikes from Camps on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park and CRMP update. It begins at 7:00PM on Sunday, February 8th at Bongo Billy's Coffee House at 300 Sackett Street in Salida, Colorado. Come early for a good seat, indications are there will be a crowd.

Californians in the Fresno area also have an opportunity to catch his show on Tuesday, February, 8th at the library of the Viking Elementary School on the corner of Ashland and Winery Avenues. See complete schedule and contact information below. For a sneak preview and other information, visit

The highly controversial CRMP, which was stopped by the Park in 2000, was restarted as part of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by river running groups and individuals. The public comment period which ended this past summer gathered over 50,000 comments. "The wait for do-it-yourself river runners is so long, those at the bottom of the list will wait an incredible 20 years to get permission to run the river" said Martin, who notes that "you can book a commercial trip tomorrow for next summer, if you can afford it. This process is of vital interest to any canyon lover hoping to visit the Colorado River in Grand Canyon."

The free slide shows will be open to the public and feature beautiful vistas illustrating Grand Canyon hikes you can do from the river and exciting river running shots. Tom will be signing his book, and copies of the new Grand Canyon book "Hijacking A River, A Political History of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon", by Jeff Ingram, will also be available. Book sales will benefit River Runners for Wilderness, a non-profit group which is sponsoring the events. RRFW represents the interests of the boating public.

West Coast Slide Show schedule:

Tuesday, February 10 - 7:00PM
Fresno, CA
Viking Elementary School
NW corner of Ashlan and Winery Avenues
Fresno, Ca
Paul Martzen, (559) 441-1383

Wednesday, February 11 - 7:00PM
Oakland CA
California Canoe and Kayak
409 Water St.
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
510-893-7833, 800-366-9804

Thursday, February 12 - 7:00PM
Rancho Cordova, CA
California Canoe and Kayak
12401 Folsom Blvd. Suite 205
Nimbus Winery Mall
Exit off Highway 50 on Hazel Avenue South.
Rancho Cordova, CA

Friday, February 13 - 7:00PM
Roseburg, OR
Walt and Jody Bammann's Home
251 Woodberry Ln
Roseburg, OR 97470

Saturday, February 14 - 7:00PM
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Campus
Hub Auditorium
Seattle, WA
Sponsored by the University Kayak Club and RRFW

Monday, February 16 - 7:00PM
Tacoma, WA
Backpackers Supply
5206 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

Tuesday, February 17 - 7:00PM
Portland, OR
Templeton Student Center's Council Chambers
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, just off I-5 via Terwilliger Boulevard
Portland, OR
Sponsored by North West Rafters Association, Lewis & Clark College and RRFW

Wednesday, February 18 - 6:30PM
Bend, OR
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe
805 SW Industrial Way, (The old Mill District)
Bend OR
RRFW thanks the great supporters who made this tour possible.