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Old 03-31-2015   #1
Somewhere, Idaho
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Late April Selway trip

Hey there everybody,

I have a crew of 3 kayakers and 3 rafters that are thinking of trying to get on the Selway before permit season, and do an overnight trip April 25-26. We figured that, given the low elevation lack of snow and high elevation normal snowpack, this would be a great year to get on the Selway.

My biggest reason for coming to this forum is a question regarding driving shuttle. I've heard through the grape vine that on normal years, you can get some dudes based out of Lowell (named "The Good Ol' Boys") to drive an early season shuttle for you because the road is totally snowed in. I tried looking these guys up on Google, and didn't get any results. So my question is this: Is it feasible to drive our own shuttle?

Any and all beta on early season selway trips would be much appreciated!

Matthias Fostvedt

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Old 03-31-2015   #2
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Have you talked to anybody at the Darby MT ranger station about how much snow there is on the road right now? If you can't get all the way in to Paradise with your rafter's gear, they had better be damn good, and be traveling really light. Running any of the river above there with rafts is a recipe for carnage; there are tons of river-wide logjams and just hard stuff to deal with. If you can't get over Nez Perce Pass and down close enough to put in with those rafts, I'd suggest self-support kayaks only. Have done it that way before, at higher flows than it will probably be this year, and always felt it would be way too hard for almost any rafter. Too many chances to just bury one under a logjam. The shuttle folks in Darby will start working as soon as they can get kayakers down over Nez Perce and close enough to put on. Just my two cents worth, after 2 early-season Selways.

So many rivers, so little time..........
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Old 04-04-2015   #3
Somewhere, Idaho
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Thanks for the info. I called the Darby ranger station, which redirected me to the Mcgruber station. Here's what they told me:

There is about 3 feet of snow still left on Nez Perce Pass. Also, there's a giant hole in the road right now that they are repairing. If you call the Mcgruber station, they'll put you on an email list that will send updates on the status of the road repair. I've been added to the list (allegedly), but haven't received any news yet.

If you want to call the closest source for info on the road, call 406-821-3269
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