Quick Deso trip report
We launched August 4th with the flow around 2000 cfs and took out August 10th at around 1250 cfs. No mosquitoes but there are a few biting flies and no-see-ums on the entire run. We started with 9 gallons of water to board. and stopped at Rock Creek to filter water. Weather was great with scattered clouds and thunder storms in the area providing moderate temperatures. We only had a few drops of rain where we were and never had to setup a tent. There was the usual canyon winds to deal with but we occasionally had down canyon wind. Our camps were very nice (two duckies can always find a nice camp).
Cow Swim rapid (AKA Joe Hutch canyon) was the most difficult due to the low water and limited ability to see the rock early from the low vantage of the duckie. Wire Fence rapid was the usual fun and straight forward run. Three Fords rapid was running such that there was a left tongue as well as the traditional right side line. We took the left, but a right run would have been OK too. Coal Creek was very rocky requiring a small move from center to the right. Rattlesnake rapid was a typical right run.
Self supported duckies is the way to go for these late season trips. We took roll-a-cots and regular chairs so camp was very comfortable (slept out on the beaches every night). We used a Jet-Boil stove and dehydrated food due to limited cooler/ice space. You will have to forgo cases of beer and fresh food, however, in my opinion the simplicity of packing, loading and camp setup is well worth it. I have included a couple of pictures to show how our boats were loaded.
Best trip ever!
...if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing.