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Old 09-19-2011   #1
boulder, Colorado
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Running Westwater in November??? How cold?

I am thinking about running Westwater in the beginning of November. Does anyone have any experience this time of year.

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Old 09-20-2011   #2
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Last year I ran WW Nov 3rd I believe without any problems. It's nippy, but just wear a dry suit.

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Old 09-20-2011   #3
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rain turning to snow at nite. Rafts covered with ice. We had a great time. Check the forcast and dress for it.
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Old 09-20-2011   #4
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Early November should be fine, especially if you are prepared for rain/snow.

But years ago I paddled WW in 2nd week of December. Brutal cold wind but that wasn't biggest problem. Even with reasonably early put on it was getting dark by time we reached take out. No margin for error.
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Old 09-20-2011   #5
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Are you camping? Great time of year to be there, unless it's raining sideways--which means hellacious winds. Bring lots of firewood, plan on the sun (if you get any) to set over the canyon walls about 3-3:30 pm and the temps to drop immediately.

I solo'd it one Thanksgiving day and night, and had a nice time, great sunny winter weather--read a lot and hit the sack by 8 pm. Great getaway from it all trip. Did wear a drysuit for the rapids just in case.
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Old 09-20-2011   #6
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Ya you will be totally fine as long as it is isnt rainy and shitty weather. Just check the forecast and plan accordingly doooooooood!!

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