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Old 04-02-2009   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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HELP! Planning a raft trip (School project)

Hey guys, I could really use your expertise on this one. I am doing a school project on creating a manual. The topic I have chosen is 'How to plan a multiday raft trip.' The sections of planning I have picked to high light are these.






Any sort of advice and ideas that anyone can add are much appreciated. Thanks guys!!!!

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Old 04-02-2009   #2
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I think one VERY important aspect of planning a multi-day is group dynamics. HUGE.......I've heard tons of stories of totally bunk trips due to conflicts, laziness, alcoholism, poor stewardship, nonparticipation during naked fire dancing, etc........

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Old 04-02-2009   #3
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HAHAHA, good point. I'll have to add that in. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2009   #4
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There's a great book called "River Otter".

River Otter

It was really helpful to me when I was first doing multi-days. I had done a lot of backpacking and car camping and traveling, but the book was an awesome resource.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 04-02-2009   #5
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I would suggest this book:

Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking

It isn't about Rafting, nor do I feel it is gospel on all things outdoors, but after spend much of my life living and recreating in the wilderness, he threw some stuff at me I had not thought about before.
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Old 04-02-2009   #6
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you'll definitely want to address the "how much beer do i bring?" formula: How many beers do you expect to drink per day? double that and add a handle of Beam...more important than you might expect...

under food, be sure to include "what to do w/food when you're done digesting it" (shit-packing)...always entertaining...

and oh yea, safteytalk, or no safteytalk?

problemsolving: how to deal with the noob who is an hour behind everybody else after breakfast...
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Old 04-03-2009   #7
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Great ideas and suggestions, guys! Thanks! Keep 'em comin! Also, what're some good spots to camp in Westwater Canyon?
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Old 04-03-2009   #8
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Upper Little D or Little D campground are the ones I really like on Westwater. They give out camp spots in order of launch so if you really want to get one make sure to get an early start.
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Old 04-03-2009   #9
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Permits, Regulations, shuttle logistics, how many user days does my groover hold vs. how many 'grooves' are we gonna take (add one per person for enchillada night), where/how/whos gonna clean it out...

What if's...
...emergency evac remote is trip/shuttle
...something happens to a cooler of food

The profound importance of peanut butter...
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Old 04-03-2009   #10
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Having the right clothing (and sleeping gear) for predicted air & water temps and weather conditions is huge. Also, dry storage for camp clothing and sleeping bags. Even with handouts on gear and a pre-trip meeting, I still had kids show up for school-sponsored boat trips with bluejeans, cotton underpants and socks, leather hiking boots, etc.

Doesn't hurt to have a communal stash of booties, synthetic underwear, socks, gloves, hats, etc.

A lot of trips slide into misery because of cheapo drybags and boxes that are splash-proof but not flip-proof.

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