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Old 09-16-2011   #11
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Originally Posted by durangloski View Post
I have been trying to get a hold of the River "PATROL" Rangers for a few days about this Topic. They are not answering the phone. Other threads mention some Camps with "ify" quality below Gypsym. I think were going to shoot for a longer day and spend the night at Big Drop 1 beach. Then wake the next morning finish the rapids and motor out. Our group has grown to a size that we wont fit on the "private" camp across from Dark Canyon. And... Since the camp was built by commercial opperators, I dont want to interupt their plans.
I would recommend camping at Ten Cent or Imperial if you are okay with a longer motor out the following day. We camped at Ten Cent on our last night and motored out the next day. Ten Cent is an awesome camp with plenty of room for a big group. Highly recommended. We got off the river Labor day, so just a couple weeks ago.

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Old 09-16-2011   #12
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We camped at Dark Canyon on Memorial Day and also motored up DC, half mile at most. It was all very doable and the camp is really large. For sure camp would become a mud pit if it were to rain. The motor out was easy about three hours into headwinds one boat 2hp.

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Old 09-19-2011   #13
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Got off yesterday Sunday the 18th.

After the last rapid on river right there is a HUGE sand beach that would fit 40 people. Below that it's thin pickings. We got to Bowdie and a big storm came up, we looked up bowdie, and it was definitely muddy and not possible to camp. Kept our eyes peeled for anything between there and dark, but didn't find anything and ended up pushing through the storm down to Dark. Due to the rain, it was muddy. However it had rained all night the previous day, so I assume unless you had a lot of rain it wouldn't be bad. We had 14 people and everyone was able to find damp dirt (not mud) to set up their tents and kitchen, groover, etc.)

p.s. We were in a 14' paddle and had some good hits in 5 and Big drop 1!!

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Old 09-19-2011   #14
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Took off yesterday, camped at ten cent and easily motored to Hite by 3 o'clock. We had some rain, pickins were pretty slim once you were below the rapids. Marc
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Old 09-19-2011   #15
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where did you guys take out?

we'll be there oct. 14th.

wondering how the dirty devil is?

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Old 09-23-2011   #16
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The takeout's have been discussed in earlier threads. I believe there is still water on the Ramp at HITE. It is about 15 mins longer of a motor but a MUCH BETTER RAMP!!! Than Dirty Devil. Dirty Devil is FREEEEEEE though.
Hite is 15 dollars per vehicle. I think the days of using the ramp are going to start to get thin. There taking a TON ( 25,000cfs ) into Lake Mead.
Good Luck!
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Old 09-23-2011   #17
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yeah, been following the other threads.

still trying to figure out what the dirty devil take out is like.


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Old 09-23-2011   #18
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We used the newer take out upstream and opposite from the Hite ramp. We found a decent place to back our trailer in and avoid the slime and muck. I guess the Grand is scheduled for a constant 16,000 through the end of October, so the lake level will continue to drop making the newer takeout usable. Marc

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