Originally Posted by Robin
Anybody got any info for running the San Juan in Mid-August. We have 14" rafts & cats, maybe some kayaks (whitewater play boats). Curious about bugs, weather, hiking, camping, & anything extra you want to share. Thanks.
Bring shade for sun/monsoon protection at camp with LONG steel sandstakes. Shade umbrellas work well for the boats. Rafts can carry more weight than the cats, so don't overload the cats, as the braids can get very shallow. Plan on bringing/filtering lots of water, you can refill in Mexican Hat. Carry lots of water on hikes.
Bugs shouldn't be too bad, though biting flies and no see-ums can be annoying. Consider sleeping on or near the water if it's hot, it's always 10-15 degrees cooler on the boats at night.
If you catch the monsoonal flows, it's best to be on the river early, before the afternoon heat builds up and the winds and moisture kick in. The storms in southern Utah can be fierce.
Lightweight synthetic pants are great for sunburn, long sleeve light colored cotton shirt works well too as you can soak it and stay cooler longer.