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Old 07-27-2011   #1
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Cataract Canyon Advice?

I am running Cat for the first time August 13-17. Any advice for me? We are taking 2-14 foot oar rigs and an 18 ft oar rig. No motors. Anything major to be aware of (besides the usual)? How terrible is the row out going to be at the end?

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Old 07-28-2011   #2
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The lake will be relatively high, which means there will be much more flat water than most people would care to row, and you will have a reasonably great probability of headwinds.

Some people are young, strong, have plenty of surplus testosterone to burn off, and 30 miles of rowing against the wind is just their thing. Others have plenty of time and don't mind the drudgery of a long flat row-out. But if you are not irrevocably committed to a no motor trip, many folks would urge you to reconsider. I certainly would...


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Old 07-28-2011   #3
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My advice? Take motors. We ran out of gas once and that was bad enough. And oh yeah, take enough gas to get to Hite!
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Old 07-28-2011   #4
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One word: SHADE. Rig some up or die.

Ditto on the above motor recommendations. One tiny motor will take care of four or five boats lashed together.
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Ditto on motors and shade. lake is way too high now (40+ feet higher than last year) so a lot of flat water against the wind.
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Old 07-28-2011   #6
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We did this trip last year and ditto on the boat shade it is mega hot 100+ every day, with shade and swimming alot you can stay cool. Everyone that passed us on the rio asked us the same question "Got a motor?" To our reply of no they just smiled with that look on their face of just you wait and see. We split the last 30 miles into 2 days and got lucky with a little current on the first day and only moderate wind with 1 ft choppers on the second day. We took half hour rowing shifts and it took us a full day and thrashed one of my buddies backs pretty good. Its one of those things I'm glad i've done it once but can't say that I would do it again without a motor unless I didn't have any other choice. Have fun its an adventure.
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Camp at the beach at #1 river right. should be sweet this year after the prolong high water. You can still hike the doll house from there. Shade for sure.

Check the moon if it is close to full row out at night no wind!

Row the big drops naked or face the river gods
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Motor good. Shade good. Whiskey bad.
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Old 07-28-2011   #9
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Just got off. No motor- No problem. Did 27 miles of lake in a day.

But... we got really lucky w/ minimal wind and we had 3 rowers to trade shifts.
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Old 07-29-2011   #10
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What size motor?

What size motor would you use to push 3 rafts and 7 people?

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