Originally Posted by Noodle Arms
Any thoughts on launch time? We are planning on meeting a group who is running Ruby Friday/Sat. Planning on launching from WW around noon. Is that too late?
For a day trip or an overnight?
If part of the group will be floating from R/HT, be ready to launch late unless they're real go-getters and can get on the river super early.
If you're planning on camping above the rapids you should be fine launching at noon. If you'll be running the rapids the day you launch, a late launch will cut your safety margin considerably. Consider that if you have a mishap, you may be righting a boat in shade, dealing with hypothermic swimmers after the sun is below the canyon rim, and getting to camp at dusk.
Whatever you do, take a thermos of hot tea with you on the rapids day, if you don't need it to warm up a swimmer, then someone will probably enjoy it after Last Chance.
And DanCan is spot on about SITM. After they run Skull (a Class II move, Class IV consequences) folks get complacent and get their asses handed to them at SITM...
Rig to flip, dress to swim, bring some warm, extra gear just in case, read the regulations and be ready for the ranger check.
Have a great trip!