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Old 07-30-2010   #1
 
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Oct Ruby Horsethief - Cataract trip. will it work?

Hey trying to put together a fall trip, want to start at Loma and end in Lake Powell. We will probably launch around the 13th. How are water levels going to be? What am I getting myself into?

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Launch around the 13th of what month? I got a WW permit for 9-12. Hope you have a WW permit for the day your crew arrives at WW. I'd love to run this section with you. You'll be fine as long as you hit rapids straight and move away from stuff you don't want to hit. PM me we can run a shuttle from Loma down to Hite and run Cat... Sweet!
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How many days do you think it will take to cover this distance?
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are you bringing a motor?
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13 days
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Hi,

I did WW to Hite solo two Octobers ago. Wonderful weather, almost no other river traffic, and yes, for the last 20 miles I sure was glad I'd brought that little Honda 5.

FWIW.

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Hi,

I did WW to Hite solo two Octobers ago. Wonderful weather, almost no other river traffic, and yes, for the last 20 miles I sure was glad I'd brought that little Honda 5.

FWIW.

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How long did it take you? Raft I presume?
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Hi,

Yeah, forgot to mention that.

I took 14 days, and I rowed only half-energized most days. One day, just to see how far I would travel, I didn't row at all, only taking positioning strokes to stay in the current. I loafed along and did 15 or so miles that day, IIRC. So anyone who wants to exert themself can get down in far less time than I took.

A couple of other factors to consider. I had virtually no upstream wind -- you may not be so lucky. The days are short and getting shorter that time of year -- your shore routine may be impacted, depending on the size of your group. Being by myself, I had a real quick meal routine and minimum camp setup/takedown time. There were a few mornings when I had ice in the water bottle, but the weather there is still pretty good. (Yes, well, there was that October 3-4 years back, when it was raining, cold, and miserable for a week or so in mid-October, but the law of averages will be on your side.)

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i have done it twice. both with motors. the first was 18 days and 3 layovers the second was 18 days and 4 layovers. both had big days of motoring involved. i wouldnt think of doing it that time of year without a motor unless i had at least 3 weeks and planned on getting rid of layovers if the wind picked up. we had wind so bad in the daily that we were going upstream in a rapid with the motor!!!!!!!!!!! had we been rowing it would have been a day to drink. with low water and wind i have seen row trips take 5 days just to get through the flats from potash to the rapids in cat. the stretch below the daily and above potash is disgustingly flatter. i would take a motor if you like layovers and dont like rowing all day everyday if it is windy. you only have to use it when you want. a cool last camp above potash is on the sand bar across from wallstreet. it sets you up to get to potash in just a couple hours to meet your cat party.
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Awesome thanks for all the tips. So with a motor and no layovers is 12 days doable? Would it be worth adding layovers and if so where?
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