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Old 04-29-2012   #1
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I'll be kayaking sections of the Salmon in early May. Do I need a dry suit or dry top gd enough. Looks like the extended forecast is for temps in the high 70's. Is this correct. Thanks

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Old 04-29-2012   #2
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I'd wear a drysuit, pogies too.

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Old 04-29-2012   #3
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I paddled The Salmon this March. I used a drysuit and I imagine it would have been chilly without one, but it was much colder than high 70s.

If the temperatures will be in the high 70s a dry-top should easily be warm enough, just wear some layers below it. Pogies are a good idea.
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Old 04-30-2012   #4
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CAL salmon is not the Animas...i paddled lower parts of the salmon as a beginner for a college march spring break trip 9 yrs ago. I even had to swim a bit, we had splash tops and old wetsuits...'a dry top' was something nobody could afford...we needed gas money to get there!...of course if we HAD dry suits we'd of been wearing you have gas covered? In general CA water is noticeably warmer than CO water. I've swam most of the coldest early season runs in co and survived with shit gear. Of course i ALWAYS envy the dry suit cats with their go pros and sweet decked out Tacomas...confessions on a dirtbag paddler!
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Old 04-30-2012   #5
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I have a dry suit. But I am flying in and trying to keep gear size down. Putting all paddle gear into a ski bag with paddle so it's either dry top or dry suit.
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Old 04-30-2012   #6
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If you are letting prudence reign and you are dressing for a swim, or a rescue, bring the dry suit. The Salmon is a cold, relatively short and steep drainage with very little flat water to warm up the water temps. Not sure one can make a generalized statement that CA rivers are warmer than CO rivers, since snow melt is snow melt and the melting point out here is the same as it is in CO. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it! As stated above most things are doable with either piece of gear and air temps look to be friendly so I guess you should just decide what you are dressing for. I will be in a dry suit this week on the Salmon. Bummer you can't bring both...

Great time to be on the Salmon for sure! If you are interested in any of the side creeks (which are plentiful and bitchin) then definitely bring the dry suit. As I can assure you that the water temps on the creeks will rival the coldest CO creeks. Have fun! Special place indeed.

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Old 04-30-2012   #7
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Thanks guys. Scott that is the info I was looking for

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