Georgie's G-Rig »
In 1945 the duo jumped into the river near the mouth of Diamond Creek, wearing only bathing suits, life jackets, and tennis shoes. Over the following days they swam all the way to Lake Mead on roaring floodwaters. In 1946, after hiking 80 miles from St. George, Aleson and White inflated a small raft and navigated nearly 100 miles of river from the mouth of Parashant Wash to Aleson’s temporary residence at Quartermaster Canyon. In 1952, White accompanied by Elgin Pierce, took another small inflatable -and minus a few rapid portages- she rowed the entire canyon from Lee’s Ferry to Lake Mead. Additionally, White made history on the trip becoming the first woman to row a boat through Grand Canyon, she was 41 years old at the time. Shortly thereafter, White began configuring war surplus rubber pontoons into different types of inflatable crafts. Georgie’s gigantic “G-Rig” and much smaller “Thrill Rig”, were used to take paying passengers through Grand Canyon beginning in the 1950s.