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Old 10-30-2013   #41
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Originally Posted by fdon View Post
One other note: This portion of the Verde is remote and the shuttles, while not impossibly long, are on dirt roads that pretty much turn to deep goo with a rainfall heavy enough to bring flows up. By the time the roads become passable again, the river is on its way back down. Cory52s gives some interesting advice about embracing the baseflow and going with it. I tend to agree as it is a marvelous place to be regardless.
So.... on that note, have your leaves started changing down there? This could be something of interest for the time period around Thanksgiving depending on what weather is like that time of year... I would assume it's just starting to freeze at night?

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Old 10-31-2013   #42
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so, are duckies do-able at base flows on the perkinsville to sycamore section?


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Old 10-31-2013   #43
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Hi Bob, I find that rubber boats stick on every rock and it is a pain to get up from a seated position to shove off. A plastic boat seems to work out better. My preference is an Old Town discovery or guide series canoe for their lack of rocker(= less draft), slick plastic which slides over rocks well, unsurpassed ability to take a rock beating and keep going, ability to carry heavy loads and it is easy to put a foot into the water to shove off when needed.

To your question: Sure a ducky will get it done. That's a pretty long hill to climb if you takeout at Sycamore. When are we going?
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Old 10-31-2013   #44
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yeah fdon, thanks for the reply.

problem is, i don't have any plastic boats (or any skills or experience). only hypalon. and i can see what you mean about getting stuck vs. sliding over rocks. done my share of getting stuck.

as far as when? busy for now with that work thing but anytime in the spring in the verde valley (late feb. > depending on the weather). thanksgiving?

guess i really need to think about how many times i want to get out of my ducky and shove off a rock in four days!


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