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Old 11-19-2007   #1
Durango, Colorado
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Springtime Grand

hello all-knowing boater-types.
JUST got on a private Grand Canyon trip. Launches first of Feb. who out there has done it that early in the spring? how cold are we talking? weather? any helpful hints? I've been rafting for years, so ive got most of the personal gear i'll probably need.... just need some trip-specific hints if you've got them... thanks!

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Old 11-19-2007   #2
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You will probably get a better response on the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Group forum
gcpba : Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association

Also, Rafting Grand Canyon
Rafting_Grand_Canyon : Rafting Grand Canyon

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Old 11-20-2007   #3
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you could also check the thousand other Buzz posts about winter in the a search and enjoy...
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Old 11-20-2007   #4
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My crystal ball says... JK
I would expect nice days with cold night. The water is always fucking cold, so on big water days wear a dry suit. In the summer you always think "where is the shade going to be" and if i were you I would think "where is the sun going to be", so then camp will be a little more comfortable.
There is a nice camp a couple of miles below Red Wall in the corner (sorry i forgeet the name) and then just below that is South Canyon (great hike). another good camp is at mile 75 (rattle snake) good sun. You could stop at the Unkar Delta and check out the reuins, cross the river and hike up to see the view of the river and to look directly down on Unkar (SWEET) blah blah blah i could go on.
Have you run the Grand before? How many people? Where do you want your lay over days to be?
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Old 11-20-2007   #5
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thanks for all the notes so far. It is my first Grand trip. there's 16 people, 21 days, launches 1st of feb. any absolutely mandatory reading? (besides the belknap guide)
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Old 11-23-2007   #6
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The Martin/Whitis guide is excellent. You can get it at the "Store" at

Hope this helps.

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Old 11-25-2007   #7
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I second the recommendation for the Martin and Whitis guide. It has much additional useful detail over other guides including which camps get best winter sun, plus the content is laid out in a very boater-friendly way.

One gear suggestion: concrete boots... Dont laugh! They helped keep my feet dry and warm while working around the boats in the mornings on my trip early last March. They also helped keep my feet from disintegrating quite so quickly under the onslaught of the wet/dry/sand cycle that is the Grand Canyon.

If the trip has the space a second firepan can be really nice on chilly nights when everyone wants to crowd around the fire.

Have a terrific trip!


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