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Old 03-09-2010   #1
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Highest run on the Salt?

Hi all!

I'm scheduled to do a trip down the Salt next week, my first since '94, and I'm wondering just how high the Salt can get before it's un-runnable? I remember kayaking once around 10k or so, but it looks like there is potential for it to get much higher.

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Old 03-09-2010   #2
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Originally Posted by lama View Post
I remember kayaking once around 10k or so, but it looks like there is potential for it to get much higher.
Yes, it can, and probably will get much higher than 10K...

According to the NRCS, the Salt basin snowpack was over 230% of average as of the 1st of March...

that's a good question as to when it gets too high...

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Old 03-09-2010   #3
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If you have people dropping out cause of high water let me know...
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If you have people dropping out cause of high water let me know...
Same here, I want high water Salt, please let me know if you have room.
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I also would be interested in a high water trip if some of your participants are less than thrilled about monster holes and waterlogged cacti.
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Old 03-10-2010   #6
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Vultures. All of you. So is there room on the permit?

As for the high water question, do a search and you'll find some other Salt threads from this year in which the same question was asked.
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Old 03-10-2010   #7
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I had to skip out on a spring break trip in early 90's, but the guys that went got on at 27,000 cfs?. One of the guys swam out of a greyhound bus size hole somewhere on the daily.
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what day are you launching? we will be launching on March 18.

it's been rainy, cold and snowy here and i doubt if it will be running high by next week
(but you never know with AZ rivers) i suspect it will be closer to 12 hundred than 12 thousand!

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Old 03-10-2010   #9
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Salt at higher flows.....

Ran it high water in early March in 1991, 1992, and especially 1993......
1993 we had 9,000 and rising at the put-in. Came off the river and found out it had gotten as high as 19,000. Flipped a 16' Avon at Overboard, but that woke everbody up and we had no other incidents. But, we were lining Quartzite and watched 3 rafts flip in Corkscrew one after another. The entire section below Quartzite was a little out of control, but we had beta from watching the flips and had none ourselves. It was mostly manageable, but the rafters were good, and kayakers were experienced. It's definitely not the more-or-less "casual" trip that it is below 5,000. I remember wanting to stay at Ledges for days...... you could multiple-loop a Dancer in the 2nd wave....... too much fun. Some of the other stuff was washed out completely, you could run center in Eye of the Needle, Black Rock was huge but manageable and kayaks could run left of the island. Not sure what goes on above 20,000.
So many rivers, so little time..........
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Old 03-10-2010   #10
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Big red can go down the river high

No shortage of volunteers I see. My 16 ft shiny red cat wants to go & get muddy water on her if people back out. She don't have a permit for any Salt; high water & rain is just fine.

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