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Old 05-11-2014   #11
T ride, Colorado
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A bottle of Cholula

Goes a long way bartering. That nasty boxed falafel mix shows up on most trips ( as does some other bland ass food).

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Old 05-11-2014   #12
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Booze, Ice, and Toilet Paper are the three biggies I see.

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Jack Daniels is number one, it is the easiest to carry extra of and what most people pack not enough of. When you are at home a 750 bottle that will last a month will last less then a week on a river trip. There is more social time then most people are used to having. Instead of having a Jack on the rocks on Friday night you end up having a JACK ON THE ROCKS every night. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2014   #14
Pugetopolis, Washington
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Eggs and lighter fluid were hot commodities on my last trip.

I'll trade fo good weed or boobs
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Old 05-12-2014   #15
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Tucson, Arizona
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I've told the story before, but basically we were looking at a LONG row out to Pearce Ferry when a houseboat wandered by, and we were able to barter a tow for a couple packs of cigarettes.

Stuff happens, be prepared for the unexpected.

As to going to GC prepared for bartering, remember that what you have in surplus on day 5 may be precious on day 10.

Just being friendly goes a long way with the commercial trips and can open up their stocks or get you help getting unstuck.

Cause, you know, Karma.
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Old 05-12-2014   #16
Park City, Utah
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Yup. Second the suggestion on just being friendly.

Not any smokers on the trips we've been on, so can't help you with that suggestion, but on our first GC trip, a guide rolled up early in the morning and asked to use the groover. After using the PRO supplied TP, he handed us a 6 pack of Charmin before they shoved off. We've traded beer for ice with commercial trips as well.

We negotiated a tow across Lake Mead with a power boater for $20 one time.
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Old 05-13-2014   #17
Salida, Colorado
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Keebler elf, Girl Scout, or similar cookies, better if they contain chocolate, are worth their weight in gold during the last week. We also posted a "NEED ICE" sign at a camp and a couple trips pulled in to offer it up for said cookies in return.
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Old 05-13-2014   #18
Helena, Montana
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Originally Posted by bucketboater View Post
Its the G.C. not a phish lot. Treat it appropriately.
Can we sing, or are we only allowed to meditate. The rules always confuse me
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Old 05-14-2014   #19
Denver, Colorado
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Can we sing, or are we only allowed to meditate. The rules always confuse me

That's a good one...

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Old 05-17-2014   #20
Helena, Montana
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Once traded a sweet 5 pack for some bleach at the main salmon put in.

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