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Old 02-22-2010   #1
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Bored with Cataract! Any suggestions?

Looking for a spring break trip the week on March 15th. We've been down Cataract the last three years in a row, and are looking for something new. We've got a mixed crew, so class II-IV raft support is what were into for the most part. Any new ideas, beta, or persuasions would be helpful.

A list of possibilities we've thought of so far....... What else?

-Salt? (didn't pull a permit, cancellation?)
-Owyhee? (too cold that time of year? Which section?)
- Horsethief/Ruby/Westwater combo (too much flat?)
- Labaryinth into Cataract to switch up the scenery?
- San Juan (water to low?, to mellow?)
- Maybe day trips in Arizona/ New Mexico?
- Rogue? (too rainy?)
-Gates of Lodore? (snow?)

Any ideas, or beta would be super helpful!



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Old 02-22-2010   #2
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Hells Canyon, it should be pretty warm (relatively).

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Old 02-22-2010   #3
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Ruby through Westwater is only to flat if you don't bring enough beer.
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Old 02-22-2010   #4
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I take it you are mainly looking for a multiday trip. Check out this link to a cool list of multidays by difficulty with links for info on various runs.

Earthen Exposure: river guide

Westwater is fun, but does have a lot of flat, especially when tacked on to ruby/horsethief.
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Old 02-22-2010   #5
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We were going to do a Cat trip launching March 2, but we decided to run the Verde. Its running, warmer, and we had the time blocked out to do a trip, so we're off! We're going to take 7 days and do some hiking. NO permit required, yet.
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Old 02-23-2010   #6
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Gates of Lodore last March was easily the coldest trip I've ever done- it snowed and the wind blew every day.

R/H through Westy will have less flat water than Cataract either from Potash or through Labyrinth Canyon.

The Verde is a good call- can't wait to get down there. I would've been running it this weekend if the Salt hadn't spiked. The only hitch with the Verde is that they only allow 15 head of livestock per group according to the website regs- so be careful how many kayakers you take.
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Old 02-23-2010   #7
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My vote would be the Owyhee.


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Nice river map here:
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Old 02-23-2010   #8
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Originally Posted by progers View Post
-Owyhee? (too cold that time of year? Which section?)
- Rogue? (too rainy?)
Owyhee - There is a good chance the water will be too low in mid March, the weather will be freezing/snow and you will need 4wd to access either the launch site or take out depending on what section you choose.

Rogue - Too rainy? Well, it is western Oregon in March.
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Old 02-23-2010   #9
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Illinois? Maybe harder than you were looking for and you'd have to watch the weather. Deschutes? Once you stray from the desert you run into complications with rain and cold. But then again you could have the river to yourself...
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The Gates of Ladore.

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