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Old 03-09-2009   #11
St George, Utah
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Invest in the book Raging River Lonely Trails before your trip in the Big Ditch, It will make your trip complete. Oh and dont forget to read the Boatman's prayer at Vulcons Anvil just before LAVA FALLS. I hope you have a great trip!

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Old 03-10-2009   #12
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I'll wholeheartedly vouch for socks. Failed to wear them on my last Grand trip and got cracked, burned feet. Ended up with a staph infection of my gluteous maximus, a week-long uninsured hospital stay, and a month in bed, unable to walk. Lesson learned: wear socks.

"Running rivers is the physical expression of intellectual passion."
-Richard Bangs 'The Lost River'
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Old 03-10-2009   #13
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Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad.
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Old 03-10-2009   #14
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Hey Ran,
Been off the buzz for a while, but checking back in now. Must be boating season soon. Great adventure you have going. Well done.

While I definitely think Crocs have their place on the river, I have found that their coefficient of friction on wet aluminum dryboxes is somewhere in the -13 area. In other words slicker than greased donkey snot. Take it FWIW. I will still bring mine, but will not approach the boat with them for fear of being accelerated to light speed.

Not sure how socks and staph infection in your butt are connected, but with that in mind I would start wearing socks now and not remove them until you finish.

For books I would tend towards Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison. I read Lonesome Dove on my first GC trip and had a ball. Haven't read much other McMurtry since, but it was the perfect book for where we were.

As if it needs to be said: Do not do this without generous supplies of Crown Royal.

Sounds good to me.
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Old 03-10-2009   #15
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A star chart.
Definitely, I had one with last year, a little thing about 4" across, I think I picked it up at REI.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 03-10-2009   #16
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Lots of hand lotion.

Especially with 2 girls on your boat.
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Old 03-10-2009   #17
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dont forget the astronomer, preferably a female
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Old 03-10-2009   #18
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Best hand/foot care stuff I have used.
Water-based not greasy or sticky
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Old 03-10-2009   #19
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Because any rafter with cred has it.

Have a sweet trip.
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Old 03-10-2009   #20
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1. water proof socks from REI...2 pair minimum.
2. an extra large first aide kit stocked with lots of different stuff for colds, both pills and liquid. sunburn cream(aloe) and spray, several types of poison ivy and bug bite creams. pain meds, 10 day dose of penicillin
3. some kind of utter cream, eucerine, chap stick, lotion and sunsrceen. Lots of each type.(chap stick and super glue work wonders on big cracks)
4. cotton gloves and socks along with latex gloves to help cure cracked hands and feet. Put liberal amounts of your favorite type of cream on effected parts and wear gloves and/or socks to bed at night. Cracked skin will be much better in the morning.
5. rowing gloves.
6. blow up sheep you can not borrow mine!

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