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Old 03-12-2012   #21
Silverthorne, Colorado
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O'Keeffe's Working Hands creme /lotion for hands and feet. I work outdoors and this product completely eliminated the splitting issues. Can be found in most hardware stores, maybe even Home Depot? Does not leave a greasy residue.

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Old 03-12-2012   #22
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just took out on march 5, had a group in front of us with two wave destroyers(small cats). They killed it in lava!!! we were all very impressed. We got some good video of them too. great group. i was rowing an overloaded fat 16fter and was very jealous.
Best piece of gear on my trip - 4'' paco with sheets and two down pillows! try it ul never go back to camp pillows.

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Old 03-12-2012   #23
Salt Lake City, Utah
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A small travel fishing pole and some lures is nice if the river is running clear. I caught trout all the way down to Deer Creek and a little trout ceviche was good for appetizers.

Black light for looking for scorpions at night.

Bocce ball set. Bocce at Redwall Cavern was a trip highlight for me.
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Old 03-12-2012   #24
Newberg, Oregon
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I never used gloves or hand lotion,just some on my feet,socks & shoes asap on the beach.The muck boot sounds like a good idea this time of year.Maybe not in the hot months Black light for scorpions at night? I look in my sleeping bag,easy to find!
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Old 03-12-2012   #25
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Sewn sheet.

I know most ppl use a sewn sheet mainly for the summer temps in the Grand, though I love them in the other seasons there too.

I usually sleep out under the stars down there. I will sometimes use the sheet as a paco cover and sleep on top of it (in my sleeping bag) but I won't stick to the pad when my skin touches it. If it's windy or a little more chilly then I put myself, sleeping bag, and pillow inside of it to block the wind and/or a few degrees of comfort. If it's WINDY I'll crawl into a tent and I get inside the sheet since the sand/fine silt goes through any mesh spots on a tent.

Plus, they're cheap and don't take up much room in a dry bag. I grabbed a queen sized sheet from walmart for a few bucks, and took a sewing machine to two sides to sew it into a rectangle. Works perfectly for me. Had I gone more elaborate and put a zipper on it- it would've let in a lot more sand and not worked as well.

It goes on every rafting trip I go on.
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Old 03-13-2012   #26
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Originally Posted by mtriverrat View Post
Burt's Bees Hand Salve, a little vial of super glue for each person. Your hands just dry out, crack open and hurt. The Burt's bees applied liberally morning and night will help prevent it and the super glue puts it back together when it's not enough. Badger or Bag Balm work too.
I'll second this and add a little suggestion: Bring a small metal bucket and an easy to access personal first aid kit with lots of bandaids, comfortable tape, ointment, etc. Use the small metal bucket to warm up some water on the fire or a stove to wash your hands and face in warm water. Follow up with the first aid on your hands and your wounds will stay clean and heal fast. Also, it's just nice to have a hot wash rag and clean up every couple of days.

I also highly recommend an umbrella that can be removed from the raft and held in camp. If it rains all day and your friends are standing around in their wet jackets you'll be glad!
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Old 03-13-2012   #27
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I second the umbrella, sitting on the groover in the rain sucks!
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Old 03-13-2012   #28
Colo Springs, Colorado
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Originally Posted by poudreraft View Post
I second the umbrella, sitting on the groover in the rain sucks!
That will make for a good photo. A small tarp as a groover cover, held down with rocks on the corners, people can get under it to do their business and stay dry.

As for what I bring to GC that I may not elsewhere, a solar shower stand that I set up on the boat. And, muck boots that someone already mentioned get a lot of use. They are a GC essential, for me. Other people borrow them frequently.
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Old 03-13-2012   #29
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You will need a firepan and blanket. Go to american strongbox mfg, take a look at theirs
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Old 03-13-2012   #30
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Just bought some O'Keefe's (nice - it's like silk) and a little galvanized bucket (excellent idea, thanks). I've completely rejected Bag Balm, so incredibly nasty. I'm going to try Corona, my dad used to use that and I don't recall it being any where near as bad as BB.

Sewed a sheet for my paco (nice fleece deal) a while ago, 2 things of super glue. I think I am now up to about 5 different types of moisturizers, many with spares. My skin is like rice paper, I'll have gloves on whenever hiking or boating/rigging. Bringing my regular pillow and also a compressible memory foam travel pillow (very nice). I love compression sacks.

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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