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Old 05-24-2011   #1
 
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Black Boxes SANDBAG

So there I am, in the middle of god knows where Utah, at a run described as a "classic" by WWSR, with team morale at an all time low, and we haven't even started paddling yet. Taking a hot tip from the guidebook, we decide to cut off the first eight miles of flatwater by taking the one mile hike described in the book. After about a mile of hiking, we find ourselves at the lip of a very scenic, but also very steep gorge. During the first few hundred feet of the downclimb, spirits remain high. Group members say silly things like "this is just good training for the Black Canyon." However, this cannot last. As we rope our boats down the last pitch, morale pummets. Something has to give; and we realize that we have fallen prey to the same sad fate as many a southern Utah wannabe wilderness boater: we have been SANDBAGGED. No one can find a lighter in the 80 degree heat and we don't even have a cell phone to call the BLM and demand that the public be excluded from this god awful place.

Read more at: Front Range Kayaking: Black Boxes of the San Rafael

It has to be more interesting than reading about class II swims on the Numbers...

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Old 05-25-2011   #2
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Nice write-up Josh. Looks like an incredible canyon.
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Looks really cool out there!
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Classic intro. Interesting to hear some of the differences between whatever higher flow we had and your lower flow. I think we had around twice as much water. Sounds somewhat sketchier at low flow than at high flow truthfully... either that or we SANDBAGGED IT!

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Nice TR. I would like to add that there was mad confusion over where to begin the hike above the 1st box where we put-in. Regardless of what the sign at the first marked parking lot says, that's the lot you want and is indeed the trailhead for the shortcut.

Possible names for the 1st sieve include: Bovine Grinder, No Country For Old Men, Dead Cow Sieve, and The Drain.

Robin may have another river feature named after him given he forcefully slammed the entrance rock at Weeping Wall sideways, then proceeded to lose his stern-mounted Go-Pro & swim; "Robin's Rock".

Scenery is truly outstanding & the shoreless, non-portageble drops are a novelty.

Oh yea, least I forget, there is a mandatory safety meeting at one of the beaches directly AFTER the 2nd box in preparation for the undisputed crux of the run, the 8 miles of breathtaking, sandstone desert walls which happen to ricochet the pitch of a whistled bootle quite nicely.

This happenstance may come in handy if you need to signal the troops who may scatter due to drunkenness, lethargy, or simply a need to spend a few minutes alone, away from foul-mouthed, fellow dirtbags.

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Nice TR. I would like to add that there was mad confusion over where to begin the hike above the 1st box where we put-in. Regardless of what the sign at the first marked parking lot says, that's the lot you want and is indeed the trailhead for the shortcut.

Possible names for the 1st sieve include: Bovine Grinder, No Country For Old Men, Dead Cow Sieve, and The Drain.

Robin may have another river feature named after him given he forcefully slammed the entrance rock at Weeping Wall sideways, then proceeded to lose his stern-mounted Go-Pro & swim; "Robin's Rock".

Scenery is truly outstanding & the shoreless, non-portageble drops are a novelty.

Oh yea, least I forget, there is a mandatory safety meeting at one of the beaches directly AFTER the 2nd box in preparation for the undisputed crux of the run, the 8 miles of breathtaking, sandstone desert walls which happen to ricochet the pitch of a whistled bootle quite nicely.

This happenstance may come in handy if you need to signal the troops who may scatter due to drunkenness, lethargy, or simply a need to spend a few minutes alone, away from foul-mouthed, fellow dirtbags.

Video made of the trip:
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