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Old 04-26-2010   #111
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Body found at Zion National Park - Salt Lake Tribune

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Old 04-26-2010   #112
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Looks like that's the end of that run.

That's OK, it was getting pretty overrated anyway. When it becomes illegal it will make it more fun having to put on at 5 AM, then paddle like mad past the end of the road and act like you were paddling the roadside stretch. That or wait until dark to float past the turnaround. When I was 16 we floated the last 3 miles of the Narrows in the dark on accident, and we barely knew how to roll. The only thing that changes really is needing a mandatory shuttle driver to drop you off at 5 AM now. Good training for Black Cyn of the Yellowstone.

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Old 04-26-2010   #113
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I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!
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Old 04-26-2010   #114
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Looks like a second body was discovered. My condolences.

BREAKING NEWS: Second body found in Zion National Park | | The Spectrum
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Old 04-26-2010   #115
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Bummer. My condolences to the families.
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Old 04-26-2010   #116
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Two men from Nevada died in Zion National Park after trying to navigate the Virgin River on a makeshift raft.

The raft was made of logs, said park spokesman Ron Terry, and the two men, both in their 20s, put into the river without seeking a permit from park rangers. The men were trying to navigate the river through the stretch known as the Narrows.

Terry said the Virgin River was flowing at least 200 cubic feet per second through the Narrows -- fast enough that someone could not stand up in the water. Neither man appears to have been wearing a flotation device, Terry said.

Terry said the men were from the Las Vegas area, but their names were not disclosed Monday afternoon.

The men were reported overdue on Sunday morning and a search began later that day.

The first body was located in the north fork of the Virgin River, near the gateway to the Narrows, around 9 a.m., according to a news release from the National Park Service. A few hours later, the second body was discovered near the Big Bend shuttle stop, about two miles downstream.

Terry said anyone wanting a permit to travel that stretch of the Virgin River must be aboard a craft capable of navigating white water. Typically, that's a kayak, Terry said.

Terry said a medical examiner will determine what killed the men.
okay yeah its a bummer but these were NOT boaters.
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Old 04-26-2010   #117
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I wish reporters would quit listing tubers and such as "rafters"
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Old 04-27-2010   #118
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Narrows trip May 1

We are thinking about a trip this weekend, leaving Thursday night and paddling the narrows on Saturday and the stretch below on Sunday before beelining back to Durango. The gauge is up to 559 and the weather looks like a chance of rain and storms. I'll call down about the road again this weekend and the recent incident to see what's going on down there. Is anyone else planning to go down there soon?

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Old 04-27-2010   #119
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I'm trying to get down there with a group leaving from Durango/Moab on Monday. Please keep us updated on road conditions, permits, etc.

Have a great trip!
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Is it true that they won't issue a boating permit if the river is above 600 cfs?

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