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Old 09-10-2011   #1
Ennis, Montana
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first grand trip!

Any advice for a first timer on the grand. taking a 14ft cat. any advice on rigging my boat. Besides beer is their anything that you think I may need. Launching Sept. 27!

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Old 09-10-2011   #2
Steamboat Springs West, Colorado
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keep a daily journal and update it everyday recording day number, camp sites, side hikes, rapids, wildlife, dinners, everything by day. Trust me on this and bring a notepad.

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Old 09-10-2011   #3
prescott, Arizona
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get a bigger boat.

seriously, get a bigger boat!
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Old 09-10-2011   #4
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Bigger boat?! Really? Rafters are such pussies, smaller the boat the bigger the wave. Don't forget to bring a cum groover. You have to pack that shit out. Nobody wants to find slugs on the beach.

Welcome to the buzz, frontrangers suck.
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Old 09-10-2011   #5
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Don't listen to them. I'm taking my 12.5' cat next spring. Go forit! You'll probably get lots of good advice, and all I can think of now is baby wipes, super glue, and gold bond cream. Also saline nose spray to help keep things moist. Lightweight socks and gloves for wearing at night to keep the cream working on the cracks that you had to superglue.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 09-10-2011   #6
Northern Colorado, Colorado
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What to bring...

October is a great time to be on the Grand-great weather and fires at night-no motor rigs either and more of a wilderness feel.

*an extra pair of sandals in case of blow out
*a good day pack/camel back for all those day hikes
*extra sunglasses, headlamp, batteries
*good skin lotion to take care of hands and feet
*assorted climbing gear for tying boats/flip recoveries/tricky side hikes
*beef jerky and smoked almonds-salty snacks
*warm clothes and a hat
*tiki torches w/fuel-they're worth bringing
*limited clothing-2-3 pairs of shorts and shirts max, 1 pair quick-dry pants
*good mesh chair

*coolers: cut some closed-cell foam padding so it fits snugly in your coolers and put a layer above your ice, then food, then another layer on top of everything and be sure to drain coolers often so the ice isn't sitting in the melt water-it'll last longer

*rig slightly bow-heavy (obvious), and put your heaviest items more towards the center of your boat (slightly faster pivoting)-try not to overload your small cat-it's easy to do on a grand trip and your boat will handle like a pig if you do.

*On my last trip I brought a roll-a-cot w/mid-sized paco-best sleep I've ever had on a river trip-kinda deluxe though...

*square up and push-beware of large laterals

*Take time to check out some of the more obscure places and stop often-get a Grand Canyon side hikes book-wish I had a grand trip this fall, but I gotta work...

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Old 09-10-2011   #7
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Yes, bring me please. Thank you.
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Old 09-10-2011   #8
Jenks, Oklahoma
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square up to the waves, push oars to build up momentum and enjoy the ride!

october is a great time to be in the GC.
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Old 09-10-2011   #9
Alta, Utah
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Agree with Faucet butt on everything except limited clothing. I've been down a few times and gotta say it's nice to have a change of clothes every couple days. Long sleeve cotton shirts for hot days and technical layers for when it's cold. I mean come on it's a raft trip bring everything that'll fit in your bags after a week you'll wish you had shit you thought wasn't necessary.
Oh and get an OJ gallon jug or something like it for a water bottle on your boat you can tether it to keep it cool in the water and then you don'y have to constantly fill up from your bigger jug. I try to drink at least one of these a day down there. You'll need it. Even in October it can be in the 90's during the day.
Don't worry about your boat you see guys with smaller boats killing it down there all the time.
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Old 09-10-2011   #10
Steamboat Springs West, Colorado
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good one. dont overpack,whittle the gear down to what u need. bring some woollight and wash cloths.gear thrashing gets old. a micro water purifer is nice on side hikes, one for the group works, worry about seeing side canyons more than making river miles.

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