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Old 03-20-2013   #1
park city, Utah
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Paddle raft on Westwater?

It seems like there are going to be three rafts on our launch in mid April. Two will likely be oar frames (14ft and 12ft). With an experienced R2 and light overnight gear would it be reasonable to paddle the third boat or should we rent a frame and oars?

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Old 03-21-2013   #2
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Should be totally reasonable to paddle Westwater vs rowing it.

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Old 03-21-2013   #3
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It is actually more fun to paddle boat er'...
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Old 03-21-2013   #4
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We have a paddle boat going on our upcoming trip. My only concern is how they will handle the infamous 'W' ... if it comes up.
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Old 03-21-2013   #5
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If you can put all the gear in the oar rigs then take the paddle raft. We do it all the time... couple of oar rigs carrying the gear and a paddle raft carrying all those that want to go swimming in Skull

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Old 03-21-2013   #6
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Paddle, paddle, paddle. Check water temp and have neoprene or drysuits, though, if you want to be comfortable. If neoprene, also have splash gear for wind-chill protection.
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Old 03-21-2013   #7
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I normally row a gear boat on Westwater, but I bought a little 11' raft last year and we thought it would be fun to R2. Neither of us had R2'd before and it was a ton of fun. Carried a little bit of gear and had a motor on one of the other rigs for the float out. We went big on everything but for Skull and had a blast.

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Old 03-21-2013   #8
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Went on a 4 person westwater trip last fall with two kayaks and two rafters R2ing - one of which had never rafted before. We loaded the raft down as much as possible for a single night trip, and the R2 did fine. As long as one of the two rafters is competent you'll be ok.
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Old 03-21-2013   #9
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Given the "choice", why would one row Westwater? Paddle it dude, discover your inner child.
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Old 03-21-2013   #10
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I think paddling it would be awesome except the paddle out on a windy day.

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