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Old 10-09-2015   #1
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Westwater in Winter?

Hello, Anyone done westwater in the winter? We are thinking about a trip through with some snow and low low water. Maybe February/March? Does it freeze over? We are interested to see it at it's lowest. Thanks,

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Old 10-09-2015   #2
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Yes it freezes over. For how long depends on the winter, but it is usually clear by March.
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Old 10-09-2015   #3
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Did it last february, it wasn't that low, probably 3200 or somewhere around there. I think if you wanted to see it at its lowest you would have to go before the canyon itself freezes over but where the places that feed it are frozen over... possibly early winter

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Old 10-10-2015   #4
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Ran it last February as well. If the weather is nice, it's a great time. We only did a day trip. Next time we will prepare for camping.

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Old 10-10-2015   #5
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We did an overnight through there in Feb. it was cool ice chunks floating with you. Had about as much water as the trips in March.
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Old 10-13-2015   #6
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I've done every month but dec or January. Actually in not sure I've ever done June either.

Be sure to learn that it is ice free. I've heard you can call the Gj airport and ask if they know.

I've heard a story of an epic hike out when a group it Skull and it was ice dammed.

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Old 10-13-2015   #7
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This last winter was a great chance to see it in winter conditions. Jan and Feb were unseasonably warm. We have done late Feb and first week of march with massive "icebergs" in the water and still in the narrowest sections. Westwater, Cataract and Deso are all known for scary and unnavigable ice dams during mid-winter. All of them have forced people to abandon gear and walk out cross-country.

Will be interesting to see if the "strong" El Nino has any affect on WW.

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Old 10-14-2015   #8
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Dave, I believe I have heard about that hike out as well.

Actually seems like a couple of years ago someone posted here on the Buzz about a rather difficult run they had... seems like they were able to get their gear over the ice dam and float on out but it was pretty epic.

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Old 10-16-2015   #9
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We did it last February it was ice free. Drank whiskey in the room of doom in tshirts. Be Cautious you've got only a few minutes in the water before hypothermia kicks in.
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Old 10-16-2015   #10
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Past experience doesn't guarantee future results. It won't be ice free every year, do your research before you launch dec to feb.
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