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Old 08-14-2012   #1
 
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weather in GC during december

just wondering if anyone could help out and tell me what to expect for temps in dec

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Old 08-14-2012   #2
 
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Temps are usually perfect for mountain biking... 50s/60s and sun during the day with colder temps at night dipping below freezing. Good time of year to do some cold weather camping in the desert too
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I did a December trip and was glad to have a drysuit, and a good down sleeping bag.
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We did thanksgiving to dec 15. Freezes most nights. Jetboil for making quick hot drinks was key. Sun seldom reaches canyon floor.
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Breakfast in the dark, dinner in the dark. Below freezing at night, 50s during the day. Be ready for some snow just in case, we got snowed on Christmas morning. Was a fun trip

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Breakfast in the dark, dinner in the dark. Below freezing at night, 50s during the day. Be ready for some snow just in case, we got snowed on Christmas morning. Was a fun trip

Upper rattlesnake. Probably one of the last camps where you got sun.
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Old 08-16-2012   #7
 
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I did a Nov 19-Dec 10 trip in 2010. The biggest problem wasn't the temps, but the lack of sun as stated above. I found the following to be a good resource as it gives sunrise/sunset times by camp by month. Found it to be pretty accurate. Click on the link to 'Boatman's Almanac' here: Camp sun/shade - Rafting Grand Canyon

On 11/24/10, Thanksgiving Eve, we had snow reach the canyon floor. A blizzard had moved through on the rim. It was cold, but not horrible. Not keeping dry socks available on the raft was my mistake and ended up with Chillblains.

In the upper canyon, water froze overnight. But, definitely warmed as we proceeded downstream.

I wore my drysuit for the big rapids, but most of the time it was splash pants and a wool top. I had a hypothermia kit accessible at all times that included an extra sleeping bag, jet boil and tent. Had to use it for a swimmer from a flipped raft.

A friend had purchased a "Mr. Heater" and that was nice in the mornings to take the chill off. Also, filling thermos containers with hot beverages in the morning for use through the day.

The people who suffered the most didn't drink enough water.
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I've launched twice on 12-30. Lord willin I'm gonna do it again 12-28. Weather has been chilly but perfect both trips. Well, first trip a so called 100 year storm was moving in as we were drawing down on Pierce last couple days were a little bit soggy. I took a propane fire pit in addition to a fire pan. Looks goofy, but if someone gets soaked for whatever reason it's kinda handy. I even took the old coleman white gas lantern, warm and light all in one throw. Only other thing no body else mentioned re winter, if you forget something in summer you can bum it off somebody. In the winter you are much more on your own.
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When you puttin in? We're launching on the 5th. Party at Bass Camp for my birthday 12/12/12.
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