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Old 01-10-2009   #1
 
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Upper Salt River, Arizona

Was considering a run down the Upper Salt River in Arizona this March or April if we can get a permit. Found this link with info about it and it spooked me a bit ... Salt River, Arizona. I have a 14' Vanguard and ran the Grand in it last Sept but for some reason the Salt concerns me, especially for a first run of the season. I am comfortable in class III water but other than the Grand I have never run any class IV on my own. Would like to do it but want to be sure it is within my ability. If anyone has run it and has some thoughts or suggestions I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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If you can run the grand you can run the salt, no problem.
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If you've got someone that knows the lines, you can easily route through without scouting with the possible exception of Blackrock (esp. at low flow). That article makes it sound a lot harder than it actually is.
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you should go just before permit season in febuary
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the salt was my first river in a raft, a 13 foot Vanguard. If you got good boaters with you like i did, it will be no problem. Just hope for no wind in gleason flats. We had million mile perhour winds there last april.
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well there are certainly rapids that can flip rafts i have seen plenty of that - so if you are okay with the non-zero possibilities of flipping and swimming then go for it.
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great feedback ... based on what i'm reading it should be a great adventure ... thank you very much!
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yes, you can flip. first and only on the trip. Reforma rapid.
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It depends on the water level which can vary greatly.

Quartzite's approach is intemidating and spectacular.

Grand Canyon rapids are mostly about where you start whereas on the Salt you do have to change direction during whitewater.
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AAAH, thanks for the memories!!!!!

note the heavy loaded boats -- lesson learned!

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yes, you can flip. first and only on the trip. Reforma rapid.
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