if i had to bet, i would bet on ice. i think it has been plenty cold over there to freeze up. may be a long portage around a big portion of the blackrocks section. a few years ago some guys left 3 of 4 rafts down there for a month or so til the ice cleared.
Apparently you call and get info from private pilots that fly out of GJ and Moab. You may be able to get info from the Westwater rangers too. I remember seeing the photos of Todd Sager and Brad Jinks' January trip a couple of years ago. They stashed boats and portaged big ice dams with their smallest raft.
This photo in particular brings to mind the Shackleton Expedition....
No Westwater rangers on duty until March, and they don't have phones there to call anyway. The BLM Moab field office might (slightly possible) have some information, but the pilot idea seems to come up every year; maybe that's the best bet.
Yo, I'd bet a lot of money on ice. I've never been down ruby/horsethief, but attempted to do westwater on dec 20th. You can read about that under the trip planning section of the buzz. Also, I drove to GJ last weekend and there were many ice bridges in all of the places that don't see much sun. Plan on hiking out if you put in.
I was on the river last weekend through Grand Junction and there was no ice in the river. The only place that I saw ice was on the south side of the river along the cliffs. I wouldn't think that there is any ice all the way across the river except for down in Westwater. It's been in the forties during the day around here.
ICE????????? HAHAHAHAHA, ya right, no ice here. Been nice and warm almost all week, last weekend was down near the loma launch and it was nice, even went wading, not that bad. Storms building tonight, so watch the temps, but I wouldn't worry bout ice, we havent had snow in the valley for over a week. Ill update for this weekend if you really want to know. Thats for the ruby/horsetheif section, I dont know about westwater.
josh, what about some of those corners down there that dont get much sun? not saying that it would be some death epic. but may not be the relaxing float you are out for if a portage ensues. i keep threatening to go too but man, ice dams are really a bitch.
Ya, im on that threat too, but just too lazy. There are a few corners that could have probs, but its been really warm for too long, I was at one of those corners last weekend, and there wasn't any ice or snow. Its possible that somewhere there is ice, but I wouldn't think there is anykind of portage to worry about.
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