Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Jan 2015
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You know it's gonna be a great trip when you meet the guy that wrote your river and hiking guide, at the put in!
Not solo, but a small group. We had a wonderful trip, with the friendliest weather you could hope for in mid winter, water was FREAKISHLY clear, super fun, forgiving level. All stayed black side down. I think Granite was the most fun I have ever had in boating, ( OK, Horn and Hermit were pretty awesome to!) The Little Colorado was stunningly blue, would have liked to have spent more time there, but is about the coldest spot in the canyon.
So happy not to be watching helicopters installing a tram there, the Havasu tribe is right to consider it a sacred place, can't help but be in awe floating through that part of the river.
We did talk to the solo duckier down at Bass, that launched the day after us, he was in fine spirits and having a great trip, said he was swimming a lot, but didn't seem to mind, get the idea the guy has gills. His second trip duckying the Grand solo, more nerve than I got, I hate swimming rapids! Good on him though. Would love to hear how his trip turned out.
I would reccommend making your kitchen BOMB PROOF everynite, it will save you time. Put all your dishes away, along with your drying rack, pack up your stove if it has holes like the Partners do, otherwise cute furry little shit bandits (mice) will poop everywhere!! Don't know how something so small can poop so much, but is our own fault if we fail to practice leave no trace, and spend half an hour cleaning poo out of our kitchen every morning. They LOVE to chew on soft plastic and rubber, this could include your dry suite, even if it is right next to where you sleep.
Both Sepperation and Surprise Canyons have blown out really nicely from flash floods, encouraging that the river is slowly trying to recover, both are still campable, Surprise looked really good from the river, a large group was camping there with no problem. Afterwords it's still slim pickin's.
As bad as it sucks to see the Colorado so messed up down there from Mead, it is kinda fascinating. Much of the lower silt layers are totally turning into sandstone, it's like watching Geology taking place, though artificially. My guess is that someday, near both Glen Canyon and Boulder Dams, there will be a couple hundred feet of new sandstone along the new river course. Wish I could come back someday to see what nature does with it. I believe the Colorado did a great deal of it's cutting through it's sandstone while it was fresh and soft, but I was not there.
The thing in the front of my boat is my wrap kit, with my spare PFD strapped around the outside of it. Was only wearing a normal NRS rescue PFD, so no special survival gear on me. I do really like my ankle weight counterbalances on my oars, got to keep things at least kinda geto!!
Sure wish you could have gone Electric Mayhem! Will have to get on the river some time before full on summer hits, a WW or Gunny run in a while sounds awfully good after starting the boating withdrawal!
Hope Ya'll had a good Xmas and new year, now I'm dealing with the hard, hard, re-entry back into "normal" life and society. Sleeping in my own bed, and not being able to see the stars was really difficult. Reminders that life could be so much better than the mundane world we often let ourselves end back up in.
I will try to post some picks to the photo gallery.
All the best,
We can't always agree, but we can still be civil to each other.