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Old 12-28-2012   #1
 
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Green River Frozen, Boater Rescued

As reported on KSL.com, a Montana rafter was rescued by helicopter after he was unable to continue down the Green River due to ice conditions. He was trying to raft from Green River State Park to Lake Powell. It does appear that he had suffiecient supplies to make it until January 10th,

UHP helicopter rescues rafter from frozen Green River | ksl.com

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A bad time to be on the river. We are all glad he is out safe.
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Why would anyone think this is a good idea in January? Of course the river is going to freeze!
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Not a good idea, whoever let that get in the way of an adventure? ;^). Glad he is safe and sound.
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Its called common sense and homework. Just got back from Moab area doing some winter hiking, great times saw nobody, and it was cold. Weather was not as cold in Green River but still well below freezing at night. Daytime temps were in the 30s down to the teens. Nighttime temps were in the teens to single digits and have been all month, even below zero. Good to hear he got out ok. Water freezes at 32 F, at least thats what I learned in grade school.
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Water only freezes at 32 F, for pure water at atm. We now know that the Green is close enough on both accounts.
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Yea we hope so lol, atm is different now too. -12 F will get it frozen.
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Rivers easily stay clear well below 32, moving water helps with that. The below zero temps are hard even on rivers and probably the low current. I was surprised by the photos how much open water there often was. We boat all winter around here in various places, but a 3 week trip brings risk of unknown forecasts that you either deal with, or don't go. Most wouldn't go, true.
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Not a good idea, whoever let that get in the way of an adventure? ;^). Glad he is safe and sound.
I think all of the best river stories have the phrase "not a good idea" somewhere in them.
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