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Old 07-20-2011   #11
Greeley, Colorado
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[QUOTE=BoilermakerU;241212]Very large cooler full of ice and beer - lots of beer - to entertain the adults...

Water toys - quirt guns, water balls, etc - to entertain the kids...

Hadn't thought about the water toys! Definitely have made room for the beer! Thanks!

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Old 07-20-2011   #12
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Those stubby little lawn chairs are good to have as well. You can sit in the water and drink that beer. Gonna' be a scorcher! Oh, and a long sleeve cotton t-shirt to keep wet. Works like a charm. Oh, and an umbrella or some sort of shade on the boat. SUNSCREEN! OK, I think I'm done. Have fun! Wish I could get out of town, too!


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Old 07-20-2011   #13
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River Use Stipulations - Westwater Canyon
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Old 07-20-2011   #14
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Just a FYI - If you camp at black rocks and go for the cliff jump - don't jump far out into the current. We watched at least five different people fail to make the eddy last weekend - and the river was big enough to make our attempts at throw bagging useless. The swim isn't particularly dangerous (if you have a life jacket) - but it took people 30 minutes to walk back upstream. We also got to watch two tubers (who also thankfully had life jackets - otherwise this might have been a very bad story) getting towed back towards shore by a pro kayaker miss the eddy. One of the swimmers swallowed some water and was puking it back up upon reaching shore. The kayaker was from a different group and was doing his best to help them. As the flows are dropping this will be less of an issue - still something to consider. Strong swimmers making the move towards shore early and those jumping towards the eddy line had a lot of fun.
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Old 07-20-2011   #15
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how were the mosquitos / gnats / no-see-ums...and other bugs at black rocks?
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Old 07-20-2011   #16
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Bugs were plentiful (ie fairly bad) and both the put in and at Black Rock. Bring lots of bug spray! I also second Kim's recommendations for keeping cool. Another easy idea - use a bucket of river water to douse the sand under your camp chair to cut down on radiant heat in the afternoon and evening - also works under your paco pad to make sleeping a bit cooler.
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Old 07-20-2011   #17
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Good luck Mockmurphy, This sect of river used to be really prestine. over the years it has turned into not so much with soo many of us boaters and others using the sect of canyon. Being one of the only / few over/multi(if you really streach it out) day trips in the state, it gets alot of use. Thanks for asking what to bring. Most people wing it then regret or don't care about the right thing to do.
My friends and I usually bring a few more buckets with lids and extra trash bags and Gloves & shovel to pick up the Bad Camper left overs. Even if that is their shit waste and TP. Sucks but not everyone is fully outfitted or aware of the river ettiquete. It's up to all of us to share the knowledge and practices that are needed to keep our river runnable. If we don't than every little run is going to cost us money and be permited and be patroled w/ Rangers in the Future. Let's not let it get that way. Ruby Horsetheif may allready be too late. We can't expect the gov to pick up after all of us and wipe our ass'es as well. Somebody always pays for the ignorant ones and it usually the ones that care about it.
Lend a hand when you can and do your part to clean up after yourselves. Everyone in this together.
Remember to water those young Cottonwood trees down on that River.
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Old 07-21-2011   #18
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RimRock adventures in Grand Junction can rent you groovers, pans, pfd's etc. they will also run your shuttle and let you put in at their riverside facility. Worth checking out.
Don't leave valuables in your car if parking at loma.
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Old 07-22-2011   #19
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Thanks for all the input. Going to camp at Fruita.... Let the kids fish. We will have extra trash bags to clean up after others... Lots of bug spray... Shade! Must have shade! Water toys for the kids, beer for the adults! A pooper and fire pit. Fishing poles and worms. Should be fun!

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