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Old 03-07-2014   #1
Fort collins, Colorado
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Desolation Gray trip with young kids

We have an invite for a Deso Gray trip in Early July. I have a son who will be 3 1/2 then and we are trying to decide if it is an appropriate trip for him. He did a bunch of mellow day floats and a few 2-3 day trips last summer (Ruby Horsethief and Flaming George) and those all went fine. He is a year older now and much more self sufficient, but still a 3 year old.

I'm looking for any general opinions on the safety of the trip for that age. Is walking him around the few bigger rapids possible? Any other information or safety concerns would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 03-07-2014   #2
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I have a four year old daughter who loves to go on multi-day river trips. We considered deso-gray for her. But I worry more about the black bears and mosquitos than the rapids. Maybe next year.

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We've been taking our kids on river trips since they were toddlers. Deso is a fine trip for that. Depending on your level of boatmanship, you may want to walk the kids around a couple rapids (easily done).

The bigger issue is making sure you watch them like a hawk in camp. Water is a strong attractor. We always made sure that there was an adult with the sole responsibility of watching the kids. We made them wear life jackets near the water, didn't let them play on the boats, and sought out camps with a gentle beach with calm water (though that's not always possible).
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Old 03-07-2014   #4
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Heat & mosquitos may be more of an issue on Deso in July that the rapids. My friends grandkids started on the Main Salmon at 4 years old. +1 for assigning an adult to watch them in camp.
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Deso in early July could be a bug nightmare.
I have done it once in mid June with kids and they were chewed alive and hid with me in tents to keep from scratching to death.
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