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Old 10-22-2015   #11
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Trip follow up

We put in Friday 10/16 and left Swaseys yesterday. It rained every day but the first day and a half. One night, I think sat into Sunday (they all run together) it rained hard, and I mean hard, from 9 pm to 6 am. Almost 1 1/2" of water in a cup left outside.

This was the night before our stretch through Cow Swim and Three Fords and I was concerned about flash flooding in the scout areas. Turned out everything was fine, some water in the washes but not much.

We ended up having a great trip. Flow briefly tripled after all the rain and the water turned brown, esp after the Price River.

No bugs. No bears. Unfortunately saw no sheep either and very few chuckars. Maybe too wet.

6 days was not bad although we lucked out and had no wind the first day and only in he afternoon as the storm started to come in on he second.

We scouted Cow Swim and Three Fords but would have prob done just fine w/o scouting since the run is pretty obvious for each.

USGS Current Conditions for USGS 09315000 GREEN RIVER AT GREEN RIVER, UT

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Old 11-02-2015   #12
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Late season Deso

I just did my first solo multi-day ducky trip October 10-18 on Deso. Great weather and descent late season flow (2600 - 3000 cfs).

I put together a short video with the four main rapids (cow swim aka joe hutch, wire fence, three fords and coal creek) for any who are interested.


...if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing.
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Old 11-02-2015   #13
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Just got back my self from doing a 7 day trip (was suppose to be 8 days). We launched on the 20th and reached Swaseys just at sunset on the 27th.

Like you, lots of rain. Luckily most of it was at night so we didn't have to deal with very much of it while on the water.

We saw a few Bighorn, and 1 Black bear about 100 yds down stream from camp. Unfortunately the zoom on my camera sucks, so no good pictures of them.

I got sucked sideways into the bigger hole near the bottom of Joe Hutch. knocked my right oar out of the lock. Hit my lines on all the other rapids though.

A few of us climbed up the Golden Staircase. Some really nice views up there. Just make sure you take the right trail, it can get a little sketchy if you don't.

The cold and the rain weren't as big of a deal as I would have thought, but the wind was a bitch. Though as usual, a bad day on the river is better than most good days at home.
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