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Old 09-24-2014   #1
missoula, montana
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Ideas on Hells Canyon of the Snake in winter?

Just wondering if anyone has ever floated it during the winter- no clue what the flows or weather is like down there.

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Old 09-24-2014   #2
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Flows would be fine, the weather on the other hand could be bad. I have heard of boats freezing to the banks, tents freezing to the ground, but hunters do it anyway. So it's possible.

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Old 09-24-2014   #3
missoula, montana
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Gotcha- I had no idea if they got snow down there or how cold it got- thanks!
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Old 09-25-2014   #4
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I would be very concerned about shelf ice. I am not sure how much forms on that section of river but I have seen it on the Salmon about 8" tall. That would make a flipped boat or even swimmer that can't get back to the boat a very dire situation. I would also like to do a float like this and I am not trying to discourage you. But the ice is something to consider.

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