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Old 10-16-2015   #11
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My understanding is that if you see the river frozen over in Debeque Canyon, then it's likely the same conditions are present on Ruby and Westwater. The real danger here is that you'd come around a bend and find an ice dam, with high ice walls on both banks hemming you in. Hoss, Dibel, & crew floated Ruby once in January. After encountering an 8' high ice dam they wound up caching all the boats & gear but the one they portaged around the ice dam for the float out. I think they were able to recover the stuff in mid-Feb. The photos of them trudging through the snow kind of reminded me of Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.

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