Like a fish out of water - Mountain Buzz

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Old 02-02-2007   #1
Join Date: Jan 2007
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Like a fish out of water

So shortly after christmas I decided to spend some time in the good old US of A and relocated my studies from Manchester, England to Tempe, Arizona. It wasn't a well thought out plan cos I have just left England's well known rainy season and am stuck in the desert with no boat and no car and not much prospect of boating.

Please help me in my quest for water. Am I right in thinking there will be no water in AZ til feb/march and then none in surrounding states until march/april? Wheres the nearest place I can buy a kayak, I want a big volume river runner maybe a Lil'joe? How can I find other people who want to paddle grade 3/3+ and probably 4 when I get back in to the swing of things.

Any comments/help/rediculing welcome


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Old 02-02-2007   #2
Join Date: Apr 2004
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well dude - i grew up there, and didn't boat there, but i'd say that you're in the wrong place for boating. sell the kayak - go climb at paradise forks outside of flag.

go ski at snobowl...

not sure what one would do wiht the big volume river runner there...perhaps big surf would let you in?

(actually, check the buzz for arizona stuff - i've seen a few posts in the last month or so...)

have fun!
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Old 02-02-2007   #3
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There used to be a website called Arizona Monsoon Warriors. or something similar - google it. Bunch of folks of all ability levels always down to boat whenever possible.

There's a kayak/scuba shop in Prescott that sells boats and the outdoor program through the college up there has a boating club. Also Canyon REO in Flagstaff has a ton of boats in their rental program. Donny Dove is the man to talk to. He'll sell anything.

You can boat the Verde down to 70 cfs if you're desperate. Which you are 'cause you're in Arizona. HuckinAZ is on this site a lot and seems to know the skinny on the scene down there.

Watch for early rain on top of snow pack on the Mogollon Rim and all the drainages will run for a few days or so. Try to catch them on their way down so you're not stuck in a monster flash - shit gets big quick. Good luck!
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