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Old 05-09-2008   #1
 
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NPS Cataract Rescue Volunteers for high water

Buzz pro boaters...should (when) the flow of the Colorado through Cataract reaches flows of 50,000 CFS or greater the NPS WILL have safety rigs and base camp set up per the NPS email below. If you are interested in helping with the safety effort read the stuff below...

FROM: BRUCE @ CANYONLANDS
An invitation has been made to commercial river guides who would like to
volunteer to help, and experienced private boaters will be considered as
well.

We will have National Park Service boats and rangers stationed below the
Big Drop rapids. Park staff will be stationed below the rapids from 9:00
AM to 5:00 PM each day. We will establish a camp at 10 cent rapid and a
temporary ranger station just below Big Drop #3 on the river right. Shifts
are tentatively scheduled to last seven days with days one and seven being
travel days. The National Park Service will provide transportation to and
from Cataract Canyon. The River Shop will provide all food and each
participant will be responsible for providing all of their own personal
gear. Volunteers will pay for their share of the food.

Each volunteer will be signed up as a “Volunteer In The Parks” (VIP) for
coverage under the government’s Workman’s Compensation Program.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest and a short
resume to Steve Young, Canyonlands National Park, 2282 S West Resource
Blvd, Moab UT 84532. The resume should include a summary of experience in Cataract Canyon or similar rivers, a list of comparable rivers you have
run, and training in first aid and swiftwater rescue. If you have any
questions, you can contact Steve Young at 435-719-2526.

Hope you have a great trip!

Bruce
Canyonlands National Park Reservation Office
435-259-4351 M-F 8am-12:30pm MST
(fax) 435-259-4285
cany[email protected]

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just so you know the other part of that e-mail directed toward my question of insurance and etc...
Since I am going on a high water trip I really liked the part where he writes: "We USUALLY USE St. Mary's helicopters"

I am SOOOO pumped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

FROM BRUCE @ CANYONLANDS

Hi Russ,

We are planning for a possible high water event in Cataract Canyon later
this spring. We will begin our operations when the flows through Cataract
Canyon are at 50,000 cubic feet per second. Should this occur, we will have National Park Service boats and rangers stationed below the Big Drop
rapids. Rangers will be stationed below the rapids from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. each day they are in the Canyon, unless they are involved in an
evacuation of an injured party.

Historically, highwater flows above 50,000 CFS happen in the latter part of
May. We will establish a camp at 10 cent rapid and a temporary ranger
station just below Big Drop #3 on the river right. There are no additional
fees required by the park during highwater, and no fees are charged to
recover swimmers and gear. However, in the event of injuries requiring a
helicopter evacuation, we usually use St. Mary's Air Life our of Grand
Junction. They do charge the patient for the flight.
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Yo have fun if you are in a kayak killer surf wave river right in #1 Brown betty. Watch out for high speed floating live stock.
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