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Old 04-19-2013   #1
 
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Running my spider with oar frame on the lochsa

Just looking for input on set up. Any one run a boat that size up there? Am I just going to swim? It would be a lot cheaper and easier than hauling my big boat up there. Giant diesel w/huge boat and trailer vs jeep w/soft top and rolled and packed boat. Can't find any weekday folks around here so rolling solo in the small boat makes sense to me. Id have a fair chance at self rescue. I guess I'd just move my ass more forward in the boat and go for it but I don't want to bring a knife to a gun fight.

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Not at this flow. Go for it. Do you have a relatively low seat?

June will get a lot bigger...it might be frustrating then, but with a couple lower flow days first you could be ready.

18' would be overkill at this flow, and feel comfy at 18k

Are you going this weekend or not until Monday? I just saw on FB that one of my rafter friends headed down with a bunch if local kayakers.
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I found someone to head up and split fuel costs. I've been out working on my wind game and tweaking the big boat on the YS. Headed to the west boulder cabin this weekend in the jeeps, we're going to r2 the spider boat on west boulder. I'll be heAded to lochsa may 4 and on the river the 5th and 6th.
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I found someone to head up and split fuel costs. I've been out working on my wind game and tweaking the big boat on the YS. Headed to the west boulder cabin this weekend in the jeeps, we're going to r2 the spider boat on west boulder. I'll be heAded to lochsa may 4 and on the river the 5th and 6th.
Hey is the Lochsa River Madness held over Memorial Day?
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Never been but I think LRM is on MDW.
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Hey is the Lochsa River Madness held over Memorial Day?
x2--haven't been, but I'm 99.9% certain it's Memorial weekend.

That's when Rapid Action Photo produces all of their videos.
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Off topic, but I watched about 4 minutes of the second video and was surprised to see the Cat's get worked more than the rafts. I thought Cat's were supposed to punch waves better than rafts, but most Cat's flipped, and almost no rafts flipped.

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Cats are trying to pull back and surf in the falls. The rafters are pushing through to survive. Its a fun place to flip a cat.
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I just bought a dry top for the lochsa and am taking the spider out for a run today on the mighty Yellowstone. I took off all the extra fishing frame parts and have the thwarts in for floatation. I moved the frame up as far as I could for more a weight forward approach. We'll see what she can do in bigger water. I think the dry top will help. I forgot how much easier the little boat is. Two guys can throw it on top the suburban with the frame on. I need to fix its little trailer eventually.
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I would suggest that you wear a wetsuit or dry bottoms as well, that water is cold. A swim at these temps would be hard.
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