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Old 08-09-2013   #11
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Tim and Ed have nailed it. I would only add that passengers in a raft don't have the benefit of staying warm from exertion, and yet they get just as -- if not more -- wet from the waves. Their comfort is important, and often is more difficult to maintain than that of the person rowing.

That time of year (at least on the upper half), I'd go for a dry suit or very good set of splash gear, with layers of poly underneath. You might not judge them necessary every day, but having them available would be useful. However, the splash suit/poly combo is going to be far less value if the person goes in the water. And that's a possibility you can't discount, even as early as House Rock.


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Old 08-09-2013   #12
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Keep a Jetboil handy for quick hot drinks.
As stated: weather goes from cold to hot quickly in the canyon

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Old 08-09-2013   #13
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Forget the wetsuit - They act like an evaporative cooler when wet and the breeze is blowing. A drysuit packs down to the size of a grapefruit and can make a huge difference in how comfortable you are on your trip. Even if you never need to get it out, it's worth having. The drysuit's probably the most critical piece of personal gear (after a PFD) you can have for enjoying a trip down there during the shoulder seasons.

If you're rowing/riding a 14' boat, you'll want to wear it every day.

As for the jetboil, that's a great idea. Alternatively you could fill a thermos full of hot tea each morning as well.

Bite the bullet and buy one, if you live in Colorado, you'll have plenty of opportunity to wear it again (and again...)

Have a fun trip!

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Old 08-09-2013   #14
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I would also add two cents for the dry suit. They are way more comfortable to haul gear on and off boats and getting simple camp chores done. Its way easier to set up a tent or a shelter in a dry suit than a wet suit.
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Old 08-09-2013   #15
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As always you all come through with great advice. I plan on buying a used drysuit. Thanks a million!

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