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Old 05-09-2014   #11
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Yeah. I believe we met at the put in while gearing up the night before. We didn't exactly get an early start and definitely paid for it. I'd say gusts hit 70 in the canyon. I'm just glad we made it through the rapids before it really started crankin'. We ended up huddling behind some rocks for a couple hours. Getting to the take out was the hardest physical effort on the oars I've experienced yet.

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Old 05-09-2014   #12
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At the Lodore take out we were de-rigging a commercial trip and a gust came downstream and picked up a 16ft raft that only had a frame strapped to it and flipped it on top of the adjacent raft. The stanchion slammed through the raft and put a huge hole in it. Pretty terrifying to think that there could have been someone de rigging that raft and caught that stanchion to the skull. Be careful on a windy ramp...would not be the most graceful way to go.

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Old 05-09-2014   #13
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2012 on the San Juan during the week before Memorial Day. When we left Sand Island the weather was beautiful but throughout the day we noticed the sky was turning "orange". We woke up the next day to orange skies and still no wind all day. We knew something big was coming and it began to blow by noon the next day. We weren't trying to do too many miles because we had another day before we were meeting people at Mexican Hat so we picked an early camp. It was impossible to set up tents so we found shelter under a small cliff and drank premade margaritas. Although it provided some relief, the winds would swirl into the alcove and sandblast us. We didn't bother with the stove since we knew we couldn't keep enough heat in it and the valves, and any food, would be full of sand. Somebody made peanut butter "sand"wiches for everyone. I went down to my boat to restock my day cooler and a gust so strong came that I was fighting to keep the cooler open while it was blowing directly in my face. I used the lid to block it and stuck my head inside my cooler. Even still, sand was blowing through the hinge into my face. Everyone slept on the ground under the cliff.

In the morning it was still blowing but we made it to Mexican Hat. The people meeting us said there were reports in the area of 60 mile per hour winds the previous day but the forecast was for them to become more gradual throughout the day. As we entered the goosenecks we still had powerful gusts that hit us from different directions depending how far we were around each turn. At one point it was at our backs and a GPS in the group said we were moving at 16 mph! Of course that speed carried us into the next cheesegrater wall and we fought to stay in the channel. We reached camp at five o'clock and noticed blue skies for the first time since launching. The rest of the trip was perfect weather and we only lost one mesh bag with some empties which we found two days later.
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Old 05-09-2014   #14
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Hope the trip went well otherwise...cheatfest was a blast!

Shoot me a line next time y'all are floating and I'll do the same. Im in Austin, but will be home on Tuesday.
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Old 05-09-2014   #15
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March 30th. Yikes.

We were going to put in on labyrinth that day. Thankfully we decided to just drive to ruby and wait it out. The wind was so strong we didn't even rig the boat until late out of fear the whole thing would get blown up. It was unreal!
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 05-09-2014   #16
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Memorial day weekend 2012, we knew what we were getting into at the put in but we went anyway.
Commercial boatsbgave up a mile in they passed us going up river to the ranch road leaving an overnite trip behind. 3-1/2 hours later we made it to miners cabin and we stayed there. Had to wait until dark when the winds died down to set up camp. The rest of the trip had wind but nothing like put in day.
St.Patricks day 2013, 5 hours to get to cisco from big horn camp, brutal wind.
March 16th this year. Thank god for Hoss and his big rig, glad we were at take out when the pebbles started flying.
And on all those trips i swore to buy a motor, here Iam with oars still
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Old 06-05-2014   #17
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Was just below you pinemnky! Memorial day weekend 2012 on moab daily. Hurricane force winds. 5 hours from Dewey to Hittle, oars never left the water. Hunkered down on river right with 4 lines on each boat holding them down, the less fortunate who couldn't make the banks were paddling down river only to to go back up in the hour we were watching (nothing we could do to help from shore). Felt like pins and needles on the skin with the blowing sand. All the kids were champs and made the best of the situation hunkered in the tall grass and under the one tree playing games and still realizing the worst day (weather wise) on the river will make for lasting family and friend memories to laugh about later in life. We still talk and laugh about the trip now! Weather calmed the rest of the weekend, still a bit windy, but a great time had by all. Isn't that what it's all about anyway, family memories???

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