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Old 08-05-2011   #1
 
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Grand Canyon in January 2012

Invitation to any and all able body boaters looking to brave the cold days and long nights of a winter Grand Trip. I've been paddling up in S.E. Alaska for the last eight and next three months of this year so the wet and cold are now good friends of mine. Looking for interested boaters to go. Launching January 3rd.

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Old 08-06-2011   #2
 
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My girlfriend and I might the interested. She's rowed it at least once and I've kayaked it twice. We have been discussing putting out feelers for a GC trip.
We are from NM too.... I just moved out of Taos this spring. Where are you from? Maybe our paths have crossed on the river.
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Old 08-06-2011   #3
 
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I haven't actually been in the land of the sun since December. I guided for New Wave the last two seasons though so its likely we've passed boats a time or two.
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Kokatat Custom GMER Dry Suit....

Sounds like a perfect trip to sport my custom Darth Vader Dry Suit and brake in my Stomper from Liquid Logic. Been two years since my last trip and always wanted to do a Winter expedition on the Grand.

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Sounding good. Ive got a spring and fall run under my belt but also no winter experience. Putting together a 20-22 trip.
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You will hate the winter in the GC. No commercials, January weather is usually sunny, mild and little wind. Flows the past two Januarys were 12000 to 18000 cfs. Last year started cold and finished with pleasant weather. Perfect hiking weather. Small group = choice of good camps. Pearce Ferry take-out rocks. We launch on the first for 20 + days.
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ooh man that sounds good to me. maybe we'll run into each other down there.
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"ooh man that sounds good to me. maybe we'll run into each other down there".

Be careful now, it might not be that good. If your planning on a few ponies of craft brew, or your stable of babes enjoy smelly men in drysuits, we may find ourselves stuck in a few of those nefarious GC eddies so you might catch up. Please advise. In all seriousness, if you need some planning input, just ask.
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Best item from my last nearly winter GC trip (okay it was only November) - muck/cement boots. Indispensable for loading/unloading/wading after you get dry clothes on. Get the overboot ones or make sure you break them in in advance. Wet feet/shoes suck when your cold.
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