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Quartzite's Fall: A Wilderness Tale (2001)

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The destruction of a legendary class V+ white water rapid is investigated in QUARTZITE'S FALL: A Wilderness Tale. Federal Agents arrest eight men for blowing up Quartzite Falls, the most ... See full summary »

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The destruction of a legendary class V+ white water rapid is investigated in QUARTZITE'S FALL: A Wilderness Tale. Federal Agents arrest eight men for blowing up Quartzite Falls, the most dangerous rapid in Arizona's Salt River Canyon. As the story behind the crime unravels, their defense, to make a deadly place safer, sparks new debate about the survival of Wilderness in the United States. Written by Kristin Atwell

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Great documentary
3 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film tells the story about famed Quartzite Falls, a daunting Class V+ or VI rapid (a short cascading waterfall) deep in the wilderness along the Salt River Canyon (some 120 miles east of Phoenix near Highway 77), the only commercially run rapid in this class in the state. Quartzite was such an obstacle, that guided trips down the river were spending up to four hours to portage it, and a few who didn't want to wait, went over the falls, and some paid for it with their lives.

Frustrated with this, a group of 8 vandals (some outfitters) went into the wilderness one off season and dynamited Quartzite Falls into oblivion, reducing it to a series of ripples.

How this happened, and what happened to the men who did this, is told in this outstanding film, which is narrated by Peter Coyote. I caught this at the 2002 Banff Film Festival, and was fortunate enough to see it again seven years later.


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