Originally Posted by MikyB
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