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Old 05-02-2010   #1
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Deso trip report

Hey everyone. Just got back from a Deso trip and thought I'd post a trip report. Looks like we missed some nasty weather in Salt Lake while we were gone last week. Our weather was really quite good on the trip. Mostly sunny with moderate temps. Shorts & t-shirts the first 3-4 days, one day cold enough to throw the paddle jackets & pants, or dry suits on. One night of mild rain, and a dusting of snow on the canyon walls the next morning. Otherwise, the wind was our biggest enemy. A couple days of hard rowing into the wind, but that's par for the course on Deso anytime.
Water level was around 6500 cfs when we launched and climbed steadily to 10,500 cfs for the first 3 days, then went down to 7000 cfs by take-out. Really a great water level. We ran Joe Hutch while it was peaking at 10,500 cfs which was helpful so that we could run down the right hand side and avoid the big flipper waves on the left. Our canoe boys did a great job and had a blast on the trip. They especially liked running the hole on Surprise.
The biggest positive about this trip was NO STINKING MOSQUITOS!!!!!!! We may never do Deso in June again.
The road into Sand Wash was in great shape, and RRT did a great job on our shuttle.

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Old 05-04-2010   #2
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Sounds pretty epic— glad you survived.

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Old 05-04-2010   #3
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Sorry you missed the great wave train down the left side of Joe Hutch.

At least last year at 19k, it was just a big fun ride. Best ride of the whole trip.
Karma is like this: If we set causes in motion the effects come back to us.
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Old 05-21-2010   #4
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Originally Posted by rwhyman View Post
Sorry you missed the great wave train down the left side of Joe Hutch.

At least last year at 19k, it was just a big fun ride. Best ride of the whole trip.
That is about the level it was at last year when we ran it. Although we skipped the wave train on the left side to hit the two huge holes in middle. I honestly think we could have hit the two huge holes and then made it to the wave train. The 2nd hole pulled us back enough and slowed us down we could have got over!

It's a nice rapid.
Putting in again on the 1st.
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