Originally Posted by noahfecks
Put your rigging clothes (long sleeves and long pants, socks, head net) into a 2 gallon ziplock and pour the bottle of Deet in there to let it marinate for a couple days.
You will be getting a late start due to the permit holders late arrival, you need to be fully rigged and prepared to launch when the permit holder gets there so you can make some significant miles to a camp downstream away from the mosquitoes.
We have had a very wet spring so the bugs will be breeding well ahead of the water dropping this year.
Great trip, have fun
+1 for this advice. The Mosquito's can block out the sun at Sand Wash and as was previously mentioned carry off small children. As noahfecks points out, it's been a wet spring, and there are at best always some present.
has simply the best bug clothing, worth every penny you'll spend, and last for years. I hate DEET and other insect repellent's that the skeeters seem to love....
If you can't get Little Rock House (temple canyon) for your first night's camp, https://www.riverbrain.com/river_rapid/show/166
(hint, a motor is your friend in so many ways on Deso, make sure it's registered in the state you live in, and bring the placards AND the paper registration, good for windy days as well as the first 20 miles. ) a cheap wal mart screen room will be a most welcome addition to your trip.
I've launched under motor at 1PM and hit Temple canyon around 6PM motoring easy with a 4 boat barge.
Lastly, I wouldn't trust River Runners transport to shuttle a bicycle, let alone a car. Had bad (and very costly) esperiences with them in the past. Just one look at their "release and disclaimer" should tell you something's amiss with their service, not to mention they are totally and completely uninsured.
Seems like you have plenty of time, you should seriously consider an airplane shuttle with RedTail avaition out of Moab. Cheap, unbelievably scenic, (take your camera for sure) and they fly right up the river, low altitude if you like, you can scout rapids on your shuttle. The downside is you drive your vehicles to Green river the day before and leave all but one at the take out, then drive one to the green river airport to meet the plane. Having done this both ways, I much prefer the airplane shuttle.
Your subaru should be fine, just don't plan on exceeding 20MPH on the wrinkle road, take a full size spare for everything, and a can of fix a flat. It's gotten better over the years, but there's still very sharp shale which eats tires for lunch.