whitewater books :: stories

Here is a collection of biographical and non-fiction, as well as fictional stories to fatten up your library and slim out your wallet.

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non-fiction & biographical

Whitewater Classics

Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers

Patterned after Fifty Classic Climbs this book is an attempt to pick the best 50 rivers in North America. It also has a nice profile of 50 leading North American paddlers. Great coffee table book but don't try and use it as a guide book.

My rating: canoecanoecanoecanoe

Class Five Chronicles

Class Five Chronicles: Things Mother Never Told You 'Bout Whitewater

Great collection of class V whitewater stories (mostly rafting). Great book for raft guides.

My rating: canoecanoecanoecanoe

Liquid Locomotive

Liquid Locomotive: Legendary Whitewater River Stories

Another good collection of river stories edited by John Long. Not as many whitewater stories as Class Five Chronicles.

My rating: canoecanoecanoe

Running the Amazon

Running the Amazon

An absolute classic exploration book about the first source to sea journey down the Amazon, complete with class V whitewater, group breakdowns and bandits with guns. You won't be able to put it down.

My rating: canoecanoecanoecanoecanoe

Demon River Apurimac

Demon River Apurimac: The First Navigation of Upper Amazon Canyons

Another early exploration of the Amazon river. I haven't read this one yet.

Never Turn Back

Never Turn Back: The Life of Whitewater Pioneer Walt Blackadar

An engaging story about the paddling career of Walt Blackadar. You do feel sorry for the guy at some point. Also includes some good descriptions of Devils Canyon not found elsewhere.

My rating: canoecanoecanoe

Riding the Dragon's Back

Riding the Dragon's Back: The Race to Raft the Upper Yangtze

I haven't read this one but it certainly sounds interesting. Let me know if you think its worth reading.


Rivergods: Exploring the World's Great Wild Rivers

Another Richard Bangs book with accounts of rafting such exotic waterways as the Apurimac and Bio-Bio of South America, the Zambezi and Omo of Africa, the Indus of Asia, and the Colorado and Tatshenshini of North America.

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

The story of Scott Lindgren's 2002 expedition to the Tsangpo Gorge. This river and story sounds completely epic.


Whitewater Rendezvous

Whitewater Rendezvous

I happened upon this title while searching for whitewater guide books. As far as I can tell this is a book about lesbian kayakers hooking up on a river trip. Sounds interesting...