Originally Posted by kikii875
There are other ways of making time on the river. Sack lunches has been mentioned, have quick and easy no cook breakfasts once in a while so you are on the water sooner, etc.
To all you motor haters out there: be nice, motors are people too.
I agree. I would also second the earlier suggestion to get on the water earlier, and to stay on the water later. Get on the river by 8 a.m. or so. Yeah, you have to get up early, but it's light by 5 a.m. anyways. And it's hot as hell the second the sun hits you in the morning. Rigging in the sun is probably my least favorite experience in the Canyon. The same goes on the other end. Wait to roll into camp until 4-5 p.m. The chances of it being shady are way higher. You can always find a nice side canyon to shade up in for a chunk of the day. It's amazing how many trips you'll see pulled into camp around 1 or 2 p.m. No one is doing anything because it's so hot. Or you can do more miles on those days to allow for shorter mileage days for hiking.
The other time saver I always suggest is to spend as little time below Lava as possible. From the Tuckup-Fern Glen reach it is easy to run Lava around lunch and then proceed to somewhere between 192 and Parashant camps. Then from there to 220 for your last night. Yeah, they're really long days, but it gives you an extra day above the land of hateful heat. There are cool things to do out there, but it's hot and shade is hard to come by. We usually just push on through that stretch. Breaking that up by camping at Tequila beach, right below Lava, is always reasonable also. That gives you hiking time in Tuckup or National canyons.
Anyways, maybe a bit long on the description, but those are my two suggestions for saving time!