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Old 10-13-2006   #1
 
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float times in October on westwater

Gotta question, we want to camp at blackrocks and float to the lower camps in westwater, i.e. below skull, sock it to me. Its running 5k maybe smaller. Think we can make it with checking in at the ranger station this time of year?

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Old 10-13-2006   #2
 
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Since ZBaird's on the Omo I'll field this one.

It'll be a long day but you should be able to make it if you get a very early start from Black Rocks. I think its about 4 hours rowing to the ranger station without a motor but may be wrong. Make sure to have your act together when you get to the ranger station and you should be able to get checked through pretty quickly. Just be ready to show them all the required gear.

If you don't have any compelling reason to camp below the rapids, you may want to reconsider and camp at one of the upstream campsites. Consider having to deal with an emergency on the river as the sun is going down, especially when the temperature's dropping into the 40s or 30s. Also, that late in the day at this time of year, you probably won't have much, if any, direct sunlight in the Canyon, especially as you're running the rapids. Then consider that the first campsite below the rapids, Big Hole I think, will be a big mud hole after the high water last weekend. These things given, Miner's Camp or Upper Couger Bar should be starting to look pretty good....

There are just too many good hits to be shivering and tired when you get to the rapids.

Flow's forecast for about 4500 which is perfect for splashy fun, the water's going to be pretty cold though.

Flow:
http://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/river/stat...plot.cgi?CCUC2

Weather:
http://wwwa.accuweather.com/forecast...84532&metric=0

PS - in a loaded 16' cat you should be able to punch Sock-it-to-Me.

Enjoy!
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That trip is begging for a motor. I usually get flamed for this, but having a motor for blackrocks is ideal. You float without it, as long as you feel like it and weather permits, then crank it up for an hour and get right to camp even if the wind picks up. You can still have breakfast and get to the ranger's in a timely fashion.

I do agree that not trying to run the rest of the canyon before camping, is probably a good idea.

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thanks fellas. Dave, check your pm.
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AndyH, could you check your pm
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Scratch Upper Cougar for a camp...beach is currently a 5 foot sand cut bank.
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