Home of the Southern Arizona Paddlers Club

An informal group of non-motorized boaters, basically a networking organization. We announce member initiated trips and activities through this website, our “Facebook Page” and through periodic E-Newsletters to its members. We also publish trip reports & photos and also information pertinent to the paddle-sport community.

Our next general club meeting will be held on Wed. March 9, 2016.  Tom Martin will be our special guest and presenter.
TomMarin-alt  Tom Martin has been getting blisters on his feet  and hopelessly lost while hiking in Grand Canyon from river rafting trips since 1969. Martin’s claims to fame include spending a rainy monsoon night sleeping in the sawdust incinerator at Peach Springs and to have smoked 20,000 year old Shasta Ground Sloth dung. He has worked for twenty years as a physical therapist at the Grand Canyon Clinic at the South Rim and wandered around enough in Grand Canyon to connect a line from Lee’s Ferry to Pearce Ferry through the Canyon. Besides helping other hikers get miserably lost in Grand Canyon with his book Day Hikes from the River, Martin has written Big Water Little Boats, which involved building a life size 1954 replica dory, affectionately called “The Bloody Boat.”
    With co-author Duwain Whitis, Martin has sent many an unsuspecting river runner into the Ledge Hole at Vulcan Rapid with the Guide To The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon, Lee’s Ferry To South Cove, which some wise wizards on a misty mountain decided should win the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. Then he got the real bright idea to awaken a sleeping giant on a thirty year doze and publish Otis Marston’s book on the first 100 river runners in Grand Canyon, From Powell To Power. Martin co-directs River Runners for Wilderness in a very steep uphill struggle to recognize Grand Canyon National Park as the Wilderness it is. Hazel Clark is the Voice of Reason in this otherwise crazy life, and after twenty-five years of exploring together, has recently introduced Tango to this otherwise dance-less dude.
PowellPower front cover-alt  From Powell To Power: A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon author Tom Martin will present a 50 minute behind the scenes look at Otis “Dock” Marston’s book “From Powell to Power": A Recounting of the First One Hundred River Runners Through Grand Canyon.”
Submarine Commander Marston first floated in a wooden boat thought Grand Canyon in 1942. Five years later, he started to write a history of river running in the Grand Canyon. What he thought would be a six month project in 1947 kept Dock busy over the next thirty years. Along the way Dock amassed a huge collection of first-person accounts of these river runners, from James White on a log raft in 1867 to the first Grand Canyon powerboat runs of 1949 through 1951. Marston’s book is unparalleled in the depth and breadth it brings to recounting the history of the first 100 river runners through the Grand Canyon.Otis Marston 1950-alt
    This presentation includes historic film footage of Marston and other river runners from the 1940s through 1960s. Martin will touch on who Dock Marston was, and look at some of the highlights of Marston’s recountings of the First 100. Copies of Marston’s book, along with Tom Martin’s Grand Canyon hiking and river running guides, will be available for purchase at these presentation. Proceeds of book sales at this event will benefit the Southern Arizona Paddling Club. Martin will also have softcover copies of the book Flipped Out for Grand Canyon as a fundraiser for Grand Canyon Youth.

We normally hold general meetings every other month, except July, at the AZ Game & Fish Bldg. at 555 N Greasewood Rd.  Tucson Networking starts at 6 pm, Meeting @ 7 to 9 pm.

Our annual dues are $15 which includes family membership. Dues can be paid by mail to the address below or personally at club meetings.  See/print Application Forms .

Mailing Address:  SAPC,  P.O. Box 41443, Tucson, AZ  85717-1443

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