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littonMartin Litton, legendary Colorado River outfitter and the conservationist involved in some of the 20th century’s biggest dam-busting battles, died on Sunday. He was 97. In addition to vehemently defending his beloved Grand Canyon, Litton pioneered wooden dory use on the Colorado and helped inspire the river subculture that spawned Kevin Fedarko’s award-winning book: The Emerald Mile: The epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon. (If you haven’t read it, do so.)

Some words on Litton, via the Los Angeles Times: “Litton was as unyielding to age as he was to those who would destroy the wild. He continued to crusade, pilot his vintage Cessna, row a dory through the Grand Canyon and enjoy a good martini past his 90th birthday. With a powerful voice and strong features wreathed in a white beard and soaring eyebrows, he remained a commanding presence.”

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