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Old 03-16-2011   #11
Eureka, California
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Thank you for all the comments regarding water. Hadn't even thought about the implications of contaminants from gas and oil drilling!

And, thank you also for the list of rapids that should be scouted for first timers.

Looking forward to exploring a new river in new country.

If you all are ever in Northern California, and are curious about our rivers, just ask!

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Old 03-16-2011   #12
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Originally Posted by Osprey View Post
Sounds like you will be good to go. Having never seen them you might want to scout Cow swim (joe hutch canyon), wire fence, three fords, and Iím blanking the name of the one lower down with the big hole on the right side filled with jagged rocks. You canít see it from above until you are right on it in the raft. No big deal if you know itís there. Iím sure someone knows or I can find it later.

Coal Creek -- worth scouting the first time.

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Old 03-16-2011   #13
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that's the one! it's a simple right to left move but if you stay too far right definitely bad news.
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Old 03-17-2011   #14
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For the first time, scout:

Steerridge (scout is on the left, RIGHT before the rapid).

Coal Creek (Scout on the right, 1/4 mile hike to the look out). Coal Creek has a Thunderous Hole on the right, it used to be the biggest rapid before Joe Hatch originated. The run is straight forward, just pull away from the hole.

Joe Hatch (Scout on the right about 1/8 mile to the rapid, right passed a big huge eddie on the right). Multiple runs here, straight forward is to approach from the left and stick to the current avoiding the center rock. A couple of rolling waves and then pull away from left bank. Another approach is to find your way among right side rock garden.
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Old 03-17-2011   #15
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Nobody mentioned my favorite.

Three Fords! scout from the boat.
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Old 03-20-2011   #16
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The water at Rock Creek was good last year--but I'd recommend a ceramic filter. We had two filters along. The Katadyn had a new paper filter (and the intake hose was kept in clean, fast running water) but clogged and was rendered useless after about 2 gallons. Fortunately, we had an MSR ceramic filter along--which got us through the trip.

Although there are several creeks that feed into Deso, Rock Creek is the only that's pronounced and easy to find.
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Old 03-20-2011   #17
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We have a really neat dual filter system that was used on the Grand Canyon. The first one, the prefilter is a 5 Ķ, which then goes into a carbon filter. We're planning on pretreating our water with a flocculant. But that only works if we can set up our bucket system at Camp. The water on the GC trip looked like mud too. But I don't know how compares to the mud water on the Desolation Canyon.

We used a ceramic gravity filter on the lower Salmon two years ago, and by the time we got to the top Blue Canyon, it was moving pretty slow.

As always, we'll pack back up filters.

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Old 03-20-2011   #18
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Rock Creek water is clear and good - if filter/chlorine treated. The water from the pipe at the Ute Motel place river left or at Florence Creek has a LOT of dissolved minerals which will leave a nasty white crust on your pots and a bad taste. Carry as much as you can and refill at Rock Creek (filter/boil).
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Old 03-23-2011   #19
Carbondale, Colorado
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You can scout 3 Fords from Wire Fence beach. Trail on river right takes you to a great overlook.
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Old 03-24-2011   #20
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Deso-Gray is a classic WW open canoe trip. Know how to eddy in/out, ferry, and swim. It'll be fun. Plus, either an Old Town or a Royalex boat, just in case.

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