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Old 06-06-2015   #11
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The ramp

As a private boater get there early or you will be dealing with 3 to four commercial groups. Take the middle or right stage and blow up your boat put frame on, stage to ramp load boxes and throw shit in it in the floor and drag down the ramp. Your boat should be on the ramp for 5 min MAX. Do not sit there and rig every little strap. The boxes will stay in, so will the cooler. I've never seen any gear fly out of the boat going off the ramp. You can strap it all down and perfect your rig in the eddy below with a cold beer and shade. Take eddy space starting at the far end-ish. The sweep boats need the space next to the ramp. You need to trade off with the other boaters to get boats down the ramp. Most private boater think they are organized but are an absolute junk show. Watch the commercial guys and learn. I've seen it so many times. A husband with a family that is willing to help getting pissed because they are all standing around because they don't know what to do. Relax people your on vacation. Communicate and work together. The ramp is probably the most stressful part or the trip, but just don't bring a ton of stuff and it's easy. The campground at boundary creek is nice and the nights are cold. Camp selection has always been smooth 1 hot spring camp and 1 below big creek. If you are unfamiliar with the top end take an easy day 6-8 miles. You can always make a long day below middle fork lodge. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 06-25-2015   #12
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Just got off the MF, home last nt. You will most likely have to fly into Indian creek and skip the rocky top - it's 2.2 today and dropping fast. Let me tell you it is dry and hot up there. We had 90s on the Main. I was in 14' Hyside, and we had 7 rafts/cats total. Personally, unless you are in a small raft or cat, that top part is just too boney at lower levels. You will be at below 1.5-1.8 maybe if the level plunge keeps up. Watch the levels, look into flights to Indian Creek just in case, and go as light as you can for gear just to keep the raft higher in water. Take a very complete repair kit, for each type of material needed for you rafts - you may well need it. Watch you downstream oar, or you'll be buying new ones after trip.

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