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Old 04-06-2012   #1
 
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Cataract Canyon May 14th, 2012

Got 3 boats so far for Cataract Canyon on May 12th. Looking for a few more boats and people to join. Any takers?

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Old 04-06-2012   #2
 
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I've got a crew of 3-4 boats putting in the day after you guys. What are you expecting as far as flows? I'm guessing we'll be sticking low-mid 20's. Any guess? I've only run it at 19,000, so this'll be an adventure!
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Got 3 boats so far for Cataract Canyon on May 12th. Looking for a few more boats and people to join. Any takers?


Well I reckon... If you're still looking for some friends, I could and would love to join you! I've got a setup for a spare passenger or two, and maybe another boat if there's room...
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This is a run that is on my wish list. I would love to join up, but am unable this year. How many days are considered ideal for Cataract? I have a 14 foot cat with large 26 inch tubes and am not sure what kind of water levels would be best. I am thinking fall, low water?
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It's my first time running Cataract. I got a bud who has done it several times and he's going. I am not sure about what to expect for the flows. With this mild winter, I have a feeling it will fun but not ginormous. We're going to watch the flows closely on May 1st and every day after and decide if it's within our capabilities. I'll ask my bud what he thinks we can expect for flows.
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Yeah, I think ideal time seems to be about 6 or 7 days. This is my first time on Cataract but the books I've read make it sound about that long. There is a lot of flat water, 30 miles, after Cataract Canyon so most people motor that portion. If you do a little motoring before Cataract Canyon then the trip might be as short as 4 days. Any one with more experience on Cataract can add to that? I'm using a 16' Air Lion with 26" tubes so I feel pretty good about floating Cataract. Another buddy floated Cataract in the fall with his family (2 kids) and they said it was not bad at all whitewater wise.
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Well I reckon... If you're still looking for some friends, I could and would love to join you! I've got a setup for a spare passenger or two, and maybe another boat if there's room...
Excellent! The more the merrier! This permit can take up to 40 people so if you know any more, let em know. I think I have to have a final count by May 1st or so.
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Got 3 boats so far for Cataract Canyon on May 12th. Looking for a few more boats and people to join. Any takers?
My bad! Our permit is May 14th. I said May 12th in the verbaige.
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I floated Cat putting in May 5th, 2010, and we took 7 nights, 8 days to do the whole thing, with one layover day and no motors. This time around we're doing 5 nights, 6 days, 1 layover day, with a motor.
Anyone else out there have any predictions as to the water level for a trip putting in May 13th this year?
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Cat can be done reasonably in 4 days (even at low water) with motoring the top and bottom. A motivated crew could probably do it in three - one day motoring the top, one day blitzing the whitewater, one day motoring out. With big enough motors and sport boats (think RIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) you can do it in a day. On the other hand you could take ten days, hike, drink, float and just enjoy a super relaxed trip.
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