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Old 06-22-2008   #1
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Ruby/Horsethief questions.

Just wondering how long Ruby/Horsethief typically takes. We have a Sunday Westwater permit and were thinking of doing overnighter in Ruby/Horsethief on Sat, and then Sun night in WW canyon but we're not sure of the timetable and if it's feasable to run both sections Saturday through Monday (assuming we have to rig and run shuttle on Saturday). Any input would be much appreciated.

The permit won't be till early July so the water should be a little lower, 10-18,000 I'm guessing.

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Old 06-22-2008   #2
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Best I can remember is 2 longish days on the river at normal flows ( =< 4,000cfs). think trip is 20 miles with only 'rapid' (more just turbulent than rapid) at Black Rocks. Camp at black rocks, get on the river pretty early and get to ranger station a bit after lunch time. Manageable at reg flows, and moreso at expected higher flows. Its a real nice float.
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Old 06-22-2008   #3
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With flow 8K to scaryble teens, you can make it to Black rocks in one long day easy, & up early rowing to the WW launch, you'll probably beat others to the punch & get to pick your site. Try to run shutlle Friday night, it's not that long, though so early sat can work too. - ??? - Does anyone know for fact wether or not you can sleep at the Ruby ramp, or do you have to go to Rabbit somethingorother camping area across from offramp approx 15 miles west?
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Old 06-22-2008   #4
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I ran it earlier this spring falling from 19k to 14k at take out. Push a little to get to Blackrocks, the last camp there (8 I think) has a beach that is still usable at higher levels, the other ones are kind of flooded out.

While it adds a couple of miles I would highly encourage the State Park at Fruita (James M. Robb - official name). You can set up your boat, camp, launch, and leave your car in a secure area, not so with Loma. Run your shuttle to Cisco the night before and just push a bit.

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Old 06-22-2008   #5
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two weeks ago we did Ruby/Horsethief AND Westwater in 9 hours with a lot of day, launched at 11am, out by dark. We had 28-30,000 cfs then and its at 24,000 today. you will have no problem getting to Westwater on time from the Loma boat launch...

as for camping at Loma? dunno. its obviously been done before, despite the "no camping" signs...i wouldn't sweat it...
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Old 06-22-2008   #6
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i think if you are launching in the am you can camp on the beach (watch the gear kinda thing) call blm in gj to check
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