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Old 09-01-2011   #11
Riverton, Utah
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Schenker, I like the big boat because I scare easy.

Originally Posted by Schenker View Post
Large boats are overrated. They are great for hauling gear/people and thats about it. Many people, myself included, have run WW at a multitude of flows above 5k in 9', 12', 14' boats and it's a blast!

Bottom line is, like others have said, WW is not a beginner run. Go with someone who knows the run.

Good luck and be safe

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Old 09-01-2011   #12
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DanCan, fair enough. to each his own. just as long as you are out there enjoying the river, that's the important part.


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Old 09-01-2011   #13
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Originally Posted by MikyB View Post
Thanks for the advice. Hopefully I could take you up on your offer next season. I have watched some of the videos. Looks like a great trip.
If you end up doing Westwater this fall, just understand that you almost certainly will swim in this stretch of water whether you have a guide or not. There are more than a couple of rapids that can easily flip a 9' boat. Boating this stretch alone may result in a very long swim without your boat, and you will probably get separated from your boat on a pile of rocks at the bottom of a sheer cliff.

It's not too dangerous if you have a good crew; it's done by commercial duckies all the time. BUT- they have guides with experience and rescue gear. So go with a crew, and never be outside of a throw rope's distance of your partner boat while you're in the canyon proper. And bring a legit whitewater PFD, and make sure it's cinched down really tight. There was a drowning of Westwater this year due to a PFD not being tight. Unfortunately, there are drownings on WW most years. Anything above 5K and there's a risk of flush drowning with a PFD,
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Old 09-01-2011   #14
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I have never rafted this run, but yea man, a beginner, going alone, on a stretch you have never done doesn't sound like a good mix. Safety first is how I roll, just saying. Good luck if you go for it, let us all know how it goes.

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