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Burnt Ranch Gorge

July 1, 1984 River Runner - By David M. Bolling The local folks upstream in Cedar Flat, Del Loma and Big Bar get suddenly serious when you talk about taking rafts into the Gorge. And if you're a compulsive river-reader, you'll run your eye up and down the visible stretches of that jumble of rock

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Plunging into a career

June 27, 1979 San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle - By Travel Writer Dick Alexander When Bill McGinnis was a boy in the East Bay he walked the ditches when it rained, instead of the sidewalks. There's nothing particularly unique about that. We've all done it, I guess, sometimes getting swatted for having wet feet -

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A Rafting School for the Daring On the Stanislaus River

March 23, 1977  News Herald, Santa Rosa, California - By Gulon M. Kovner Change the "quiet desperation" Thoreau applied to most men's lives to quiet determination for William McGinnis. Four years ago, he decided to write a book about whitewater rafting, a sport he had pursued for nine years. McGinnis shot his lanky body up

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Rafter, Writer William McGinnis Succeeds Where Robust Men Fail

March 23, 1977  News Herald, Santa Rosa, California - By Gulon M. Kovner Change the "quiet desperation" Thoreau applied to most men's lives to quiet determination for William McGinnis. Four years ago, he decided to write a book about whitewater rafting, a sport he had pursued for nine years. McGinnis shot his lanky body up

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Toward the Roar Downriver

October 5, 1975   San Francisco Chronicle - Reviewed by Stanleigh Arnold Whitewater Rafting, by William McGinnis. New York Times Quadrangle 361 pages,  Whitewater may seem far removed from desert sand or mountain granite, it its impact on the sensibilities may be remarkably similar. And not only upon the emotions, either -- all these inspire in

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New Rivers to Conquer Adventure in China

June 30, 1975   Oakland Tribune  - By Richard Spencer Tribune Staff Writer RICHMOND -- Almost 3,200 miles the Yangtze flows, winding eastward from the Tibetan plateau through the bulk of mainland China before blending with the Huang Hai, the Yellow Sea of the north Pacific Ocean. It is this river that presents the challenge now

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