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Old 07-12-2007   #31
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Hopefully Andy isnt's still standing by his computer waiting for responses due to the fact that he posted this question 2 YEARS ago.

"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
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Old 07-12-2007   #32
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Anyone ever come across scorpions or nasty spiders? Every time we camp at Westy we sleep under the stars in a bag on top of a tarp both in the canyon and at the Cisco takeout. I don't think that I've once slept in a tent.

Westy is in the middle of the desert and scorpions and spiders are always in the back of my mind. . .

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Old 07-12-2007   #33
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I know that there are no bears in the desert, but I know someone who has seen what appeared to be a bear at Range Canyon in Cataract about ten years ago. What a bozo this guy; hasn't he ever heard of a bear costume? They're a great way to stay cool in one of the warmer places on the Colorado Plateau! I've heard of more people wearing bear costumes in Cataract this summer. I think they're starting to catch on down there, which means that Westwater will naturally be the next place this fashion trend will catch on.
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Old 07-12-2007   #34
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I have a Yak suit that i'll trade for a bear suit I don't want to be left behind in river fashion.
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Old 07-12-2007   #35
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Scorpions live in the cracks in the mud flats, so if you see a mud flat on Westy...
Join up, suckas.

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I have 200+ runs through Westwater -- a fair number of them overnighters. Pitched a tent once or twice due to rain, but otherwise slept on the ground with no problems. Few bugs. Never seen a scorpion. Never seen a rattlesnake. Have seen mountain lion prints on beaches -- that makes you think.....

I also have seen bear tracks and scat at Cisco before the new, more secure, dumpster was installed. I know first-hand of a bear at Cisco in 2001 that was marauding the sites of folks camped there. Heard he was shot later that year hanging out near the dumpster.


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daaaaa Bears.
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Old 07-12-2007   #38
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I Heard the toads got big teeth out there but no bears
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Old 07-12-2007   #39
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Thank God someone FINALLY answered my post! Now I know its actually safe to run Westwater!

But seriously, if someone thinks its quiet around the Buzz, they haven't seen how many folks are reigniting this old, dead thread!!!

Wish I was back in CO - not much running here in NW Montana these days, though Alberton was a kick last weekend at 4500.

See y'all in August,


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