There are several publications that people of the river community read religiously. One of those is the BQR (aka Boatman’s Quarterly Review) published by GCRG (aka Grand Canyon River Guides). We know, lots of acronyms – but it makes life simple.
One of my favorite pieces of the BQR is the guide spotlight. Each edition features a legendary boatman (we use this term gender neutrally in Grand Canyon) on the front cover and pages of comical, historical and fascinating interviews with the featured boatman. Being in the river community, you hear stories of events and crazy things that happened on the river ‘back then’ and it is a lot of fun to get the real scoop right from the boatman who was actually there.
We are proud when our own ARR/GCW boatmen appear on the cover of the BQR. We think you’ll also like reading about how GCW/ARR folks like Jon Stoner, Bill Gloeckler and Bruce Winter got started in Grand Canyon.
Gloeckler: [Speaking to river trips in the early 70s) It was an adventure travel business. They weren’t “tourists,” per se. They knew a little bit about it — they were fearful for what they were gettin’ into, and they should have been. (Winter: Yeah.) But it’s changed a heck of a lot from that. Interviewer: So it was pretty adventurous, huh?Gloeckler: Well sure! You know, you’re still in high school, you don’t know nuthin’. You’re thrown out there on a river with a bunch of people and goin’, “Uh-oh,” and the equipment was (Winter: Oh, Lord.) … Oh, everything would break. You know? I mean everything. It was just those days. Everybody had to go through that. That was part of the deal then. (Winter: No water.) No water. (Winter: 15,000 was …) Actually, they were still filling the lake, so they didn’t give you a lot. We used to talk about 3,000 cfs and I think that’s pretty fair. I think it was down there. (chuckles) A lot of big rocks in that river!