Yep, I have learned on a few previous trips to the SW that elevation matters more than latitude. At this point, I'm thinking about starting with Black Canyon on my way down to the Gila, Salt, and San Juan. All low-season or pre-permit. I should be arriving in the SW by early January and not heading back north until the Owyhee and J-B start running in late April/early May. I plan to boat whenever and wherever we get decent weather/flows and in the meantime, I'm happy to go hiking and/or visit historical sites and museums. Right now, I'm taking advantage of Black Friday deals to buy some new gear (cameras, GPS, etc.) Damn, this is getting exciting!