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Old 12-25-2010   #1
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Paddling Since: 1970
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Salt River Trip

I am looking for a group to join or lead for a spring Salt River trip.
I have run the Salt River twice before and with the storm track, this may be another good year for the Salt. My methodology is to minimize the time away from work in order to maximize the number of rivers and river days. My ideal trips tend to be 'whirlwind' as far as river travel (drive straight through) with a three day river trip.

If anyone has a group open to a couple fellow rafters, I would love to discuss. Or if necessary, let's create our own group.

I am experienced on Salt, Westwater, Green, Teton, Snake, Middle Fork Salmon. Non-drinker/smoker. Driven, safety conscious, and carry more than my share of gear/work.


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Old 12-26-2010   #3
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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What should our strategy be for a Salt Permit? Does your wife have a spring break that would work? I believe the window closes on Friday for application. I typically have applied in the mid to late April time frame as one of my side business' is income tax preparation. If I manage my clientele efficiently, I could get a way prior to that for a Wednesday travel day, Run Thursday thru Saturday (mid-day) and travel Saturday/Sunday to return. As I recall, the 'permit' day is usually the second day on the river as it is the entrance day to the forest boundary below the indian reservation. So, I propose a permit day on a Friday.

As to your questions - If I read correctly, you will have contact with the box and tubes. The question is do you want it 'pressurized' and constant, or banging as the tubes give and take. I would believe you would want it constant. Depending on your tubes, maybe a chaff strip or something. As far as a seat goes, I enjoy having something to lean against on those long days. Most trips I have large enough gear loads to have a bag or two stacked behind my seat. I did, however bugger up a high back seat on a flip and the subsequent runnout through a boulder field. My biggest issue with most dry boxes is their limited use with a standard size (length x 16h x 16d). I ran with a friend who had a box that was probably length x 16h x 22d. I was impressed. It made a huge difference.

just my thoughts/questions
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