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Old 06-09-2012   #11
Bend, Oregon
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We are starting June 24th. How realistic is our 5 day time schedule? I'm a little worried about the low water.

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Old 06-09-2012   #12
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Originally Posted by Aerocam View Post
We are starting June 24th. How realistic is our 5 day time schedule? I'm a little worried about the low water.
I think 5 days would be tough - but it could be done. If you have any significant wind, you will have extremely long days on the water. You will also have long hours of sunlight, so if you are fit enough to row that long, it might work. 6 days gives a nice pace. 7 days would be leisurely.

If you stick with your 5 day plan, launch early to beat the wind. And take extra food and water just in case. It also depends on how many rapids you need to scout.

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Old 06-11-2012   #13
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We just got off too and I wish we would have taken 7 days. It was really slow up top and if you are not in a hurry there are some nice sandbar camps now. We had the epic wind day and made only 7 miles and were glad to make that. It put us in a hurry the rest of the river and we missed most of the side trips due to needing to make up time. It should be a lot more fun as far as dodging rocks and sandbars. Agree with the bug thing - glad for them to be blown to Colorado.
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Old 06-11-2012   #14
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We too were on during the epic wind and only made 6 hard miles that day, then easily did 18 the next day with a morning tailwind. since we took 7 days, we weren't that concerned about getting a little behind schedule, but if we'd had 5 days, we could not have made it out that day.

We are an early rising group, but even at high water we usually take at least 6 days so we can do all the hikes and stops we want and still get into camps for a relaxing happy hour before dinner. You CAN do it in 5 days at 1500 cfs, but not sure why you would want to - it's a long drive in and there's a lot to see. First 25 miles will take a lot of rowing at that level....
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Old 06-21-2012   #15
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Is Deso worth the effort at 1200 cfs or less?

Brutal honesty please.
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Old 06-21-2012   #16
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Just got off. Glad I did it, won't do it again. Fun trip with plus of less bugs and bigger beaches. Six day minimum. Seven is probably better.
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Old 06-21-2012   #17
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Why wouldn't you do it any level?
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
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Old 06-21-2012   #18
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Low but fine

Just got off on Tuesday dropped from 3200 to 1800 over 7 days. We had 1 layover so did it in 6 days. Each day we averaged 16 miles with final day of 4 miles to Swasey's. This year there has been consistent head wind so consider less miles per day with no layover. We motored the 1st day but I would have preferred to have motored the first 2 to relax a bit more on the rest. Camps were awesome, bugs at put-in but that was it.
Lion Hollow was nice... steep bank for Upper Stampeded but the Box Elders provided a lot of shade (FYI the red bugs are Box elder bugs and don't bite).

Have fun!
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Old 06-21-2012   #19
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I've run it at 800 in a 22 foot (no kidddin') Outward Bound bucket boat. Every morning I'ld patch the new leaks with duct tape. 1500 is a breeze . Just give your self plenty of time and don't stop to check out the indian skeleton - its haunted.
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Old 07-04-2012   #20
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Just got off Deso. @ 1500 cfs and after at least 25 trips all on 3500cfs and above, this was the coolest level of all. The water is clear and the rapids are boney and route finding a ball. Six day min. and pushed most of it. Enjoy!

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