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Old 03-31-2014   #1
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Thanks to Hoss on Westwater 3/30

Not sure if he reads Mountainbuzz, but a big thanks to Hoss and his crew for letting our group of rafts and kayaks join the barge of rafts that he was pushing to Cisco Sunday. He and his big ole Cat likely saved us at least 5 hours of rowing and possibly lots more if we were still on water when the front hit. I'm still amazed at how well he maneuvered the flotilla with such ease.

All in our group appreciated it as well as the socialization that went on in the trip out. So if you see a motorized cat with big brown tubes, wave and say hi.

And Hoss, hope this is a start of a great season for ya!


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Old 03-31-2014   #2
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Yes indeed, what an experience!

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Old 03-31-2014   #3
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Sounds like you were real lucky. A group of my friends launched Sunday for a day run that has turned into an overnighter. The kayaks were able to get out and inform the families that the rafters just couldn't beat the wind. Haven't heard from them yet, hopefully it wasn't too cold up there last night. Gotta love that spring wind.
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Old 03-31-2014   #4
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there were 3 foot upstream swells. we waited it out on a small beach for about 3 hours then had a small window to row out around 6pm before another front hit.
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Old 03-31-2014   #5
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Yeah having a motor really helps with the Westwater push. The link below will take you to a clip. At the end we have massive headwind. A 5 HP pushed about 7 boats out nicely. Hoss was on this trip with us. Been boating with Hoss for over 10 years now. He is just HOSSOME!.

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Ya big thanks Big Hoss!! I 100% believe we would have had to spend another night in the canyon if it wasn't for your mighty rig! I only had to row the last 100yds to the takeout but that almost didnt even happen! After that experience I dont think I'll ever go into that canyon in the spring without a motor again!
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Old 03-31-2014   #7
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I guess we got lucky we party barged and floated from the rapids all the way to Cisco on Saturday with out a gust. The three days on Horsetheif and ruby were brutal.
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Old 03-31-2014   #8
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Hoss and your crew,
Another thanks here the ride out and the hospitality were both great.
Have a great rest of the season!
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Was wondering how bad it was going to get. We left as soon as the Ranger arrived at put-in in hopes of beating the wind. Am guessing based on motorized cat description that "Hoss" was camped at Hades bar when we went past.
Rowed my butt off for the last half a mile when the front came in. Would not have wanted to be any later as it just kept getting worse. Hope all are safe.
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Old 03-31-2014   #10
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I agree. Hoss you are the man!! Not only did you save us from what could have been a long night it was an excellent time. Thanks.

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