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Old 07-30-2012   #1
 
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Grand in November?

Howdy friends, just had the good fortune of being invited on a grand trip. I already dropped the kids at the orphanage and burned down my old office. I tried to file for divorce but as soon as the old bag read my emails she made me promise to bring her....at gunpoint! My kinda girl.

Seriously though. Launch is the end of november. Could i get some beta on flows, weather, past experiences, etc? Pretty stoked for the opportunity and would love some advice!

Thanks party people!!!
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Old 07-31-2012   #2
 
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Been down there in December twice. Had highs in the 60s most days, rained twice each time, not a lot of sun. Dry suits are recommended. Flows were 12-15k, but I've hear rumors of a 40k release in late November this year. Didn't see many other folks at all and no commercial trips. Would totally recommend it - good job ditching the kids!
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Yeah, bring the drysuits and puffies and enjoy the emptiness!
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Old 07-31-2012   #4
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F#$KYeah buddy, thats so cool. I am just.a little. jealous. 4fun, 4 kinds of whiskey, your drysuit, skullcap & NRS maverick gloves. that's all the superfluous advice I have for you since I am just talking out my arse. :woot!:
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The sun seldom actually hits the canyon floor toward end of November and into December.
If you don't have a jet boil consider getting one so you can make hot drink while floating. Bring powdered cider or similar to heat up on those cold mornings. Very little traffic on river that time of year. You won't have to compete for camp sites and you may even get bass camp if you desire
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While the folks above like dry suits, i will bring my bomber rain jacket and a bib overall sailing bottom (like from kokatat). I get knee high (not calf high) irrigation boots to wear under my bibs. Yes, i have taken a swim or two in this arrangement, but I typically wear chaco's in the big-drop days, and for my $, the highest flotation life-jacket I can buy is a great investment. Coordinate with the other trips around you and have a lot of fun! Hope this helps, yours, tom
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Break the ice, we are right behind you. Launching on Dec. 5th Party at Bass for my birthday
12/12/12.
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Besides keeping warm, you will need light. On fall trips I always take several battery powered lanterns and lots of batteries. Eating dinner before it gets dark is not often for us and cleaning up in the light has only happened on very rare occasions.

An anecdotale note: I took a group of Norwegians on a trip in late October. Their winters consist of 3 hours of light each day (at least those from the northern part of the country.) Cooking, eating and cleaning up in the dark was par for the course for them. They stayed up visiting long into the night each night. It seemed strange for me since when it gets dark I think it is time for bed.

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Hey Caleb! Not much to say other than Blake went in Jan, and he saw the sun about 3 times come over the rim after he passed through Marble. It was sunny every day, but he rarely saw it. Plan lots of hiking to get up and get some warmth. Drysuit yes, irrigation boots too. Loose enough they'll fall off instead of suck you under.

Did you get over to the Lochsa at all this year? Never saw you.

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Hey Caleb! Not much to say other than Blake went in Jan, and he saw the sun about 3 times come over the rim after he passed through Marble. It was sunny every day, but he rarely saw it. Plan lots of hiking to get up and get some warmth. Drysuit yes, irrigation boots too. Loose enough they'll fall off instead of suck you under.

Did you get over to the Lochsa at all this year? Never saw you.

Laura
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Was the Blake you mention the same fellow from Missoula that soloed last Jan. ? If so, he and I ran Lava together. He had a GoPro and might have some great footage of his flip and swim. Don
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