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Old 01-22-2019   #1
 
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San Juan Logistics Question

Does anyone know if the BLM has any issues with people/boats leaving a Sand Island to Clay Hills trip at Mexican Hat?

The regs talk about exchanging/adding passengers at Mexican Hat, and they say that you can't add boats. But they don't say anything about people/boats leaving. As I can't call my friendly neighborhood river office, I thought maybe someone here had some beta or experience that might help me out.

Thanks!

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Old 01-22-2019   #2
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I can't help you with the regulations but I have an issue with people leaving halfway through a trip! Priorities!!
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Old 01-22-2019   #3
 
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I had a car break down in Moab on the way to the San Juan. I left at MH and went back to Moab. Nobody got hassled. If nobody is joining you in MH then I don't think it's a problem. If somebody is trying to jump on, call the BLM and ask how that can happen. People, but no boats, may be able to join. I was not the TL, but that trip had people ump on at MH.

The BLM has also read your post, so keep that in mind.
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Old 01-22-2019   #4
 
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People and boats can leave the river at MH. You can add people at MH also, but they must be on your permit when you check in at Sand Island. There are limits for how many people and groups can get on at both Sand Island and MH, and if the limits are reached, no more can be added, so to be safe get them on your permit right away.
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Old 01-23-2019   #5
 
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The BLM has also read your post, so keep that in mind.
Technically, we aren't allowed to use any type of technology for any ["non-essential"] government related work during furlough. So nobody in the Monticello office should be reading this right now...
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Old 01-23-2019   #6
 
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Yeah. I'm not trying to get away with anything. Just want to know what's copacetic. Thanks for your thoughts.

Jamwin- you're pretty sure its okay to take out at MH with the rest of the trip continuing?

Thanks!
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The BLM has also read your post, so keep that in mind.

I've seen a few posts like this, I guess most rangers are river rats themselves and cruise the buzz on their free time?
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Yeah. I'm not trying to get away with anything. Just want to know what's copacetic. Thanks for your thoughts.

Jamwin- you're pretty sure its okay to take out at MH with the rest of the trip continuing?

Thanks!
Just to clarify, the Permit Holder would continue down the river, correct? I think that would be an important factor.
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Yep. I'm sure that would be a requirement.
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Late San Juan and/or Cataract Canyon permit date - bugs?

If I were to get a July 1st-ish San Juan or Cataract Canyon permit, what are the downsides? Dragging, bugs, heat, all of the above? Not sure why, but I have never put in for a San Juan permit.

Any advice is helpful. Permits due in 8 days!

Avoid or go for it?

Thank you in advance,

Sean
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