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Anyone out there interested in an Escalante run? I would love to do a ducky or kayak trip down the Escalante as long as it's flowing... I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've been told that as long as the gauge is at 50 cfs in town, then it's runnable.

I am free from May 5th-16th. I may be working a trip for a Middle School here in durango, but it's by no means a certainty, and I need to plan pretty far ahead for work purposes.

let me know if you're interested!
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I'd be interested. I have to instruct guide school the 5th thru the 10th of May, but maybe the following weekend? Do we have to do the whole 70 miles or is there a partial? I wouldn't be able to do a 7 day trip until the end of May.

Anyone out there interested in an Escalante run? I would love to do a ducky or kayak trip down the Escalante as long as it's flowing... I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've been told that as long as the gauge is at 50 cfs in town, then it's runnable.

I am free from May 5th-16th. I may be working a trip for a Middle School here in durango, but it's by no means a certainty, and I need to plan pretty far ahead for work purposes.

let me know if you're interested!
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Very possibly. I have to be in Flagstaff on the 17th to rig for a Grand trip. I have that whole time off, so whatever will work. I think it's at least a 5 day trip, plus shuttling hole-in-the-rock road... the washboard road from hell. logistics are a bit of a bitch, but it's worth it I hear.
I'd be interested. I have to instruct guide school the 5th thru the 10th of May, but maybe the following weekend?
 

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I just sent an email to a friend. He ran it a little while ago, and they hiked out Coyote Gulch. I need to look at a map. We could hike out earlier. Or we could run the section from town to the Highway 12 bridge. It's shorter, but I think what Calf Creek contributes in flow makes the lower section easier to run. I'll look into it and let you know.
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He ran it a little while ago, and they hiked out Coyote Gulch.
I have never boated the escalante but have spent a lot of time backpacking in that area. Hiking up Coyote Gulch with boats would take forever. The standard route out is up an 800' sand dune, over Crack in the Wall (3rd class), and then a couple miles crosscountry to Forty Mile Ridge road. You would want to go super light and consider bringing a short rope to haul gear/boats up Crack in the Wall.
 

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Oh yeah, Coyote is a loooong slog with boats. I've spent a lot of time hiking there also. That's a good idea about crack in the wall. We'll see. I want to know if the section from town to the highway 12 bridge is boatable. I should really just find someone to meet us at the mouth of the Escalante with a house boat... however horrible I would feel for using Reservoir Powell.

I have never boated the escalante but have spent a lot of time backpacking in that area. Hiking up Coyote Gulch with boats would take forever. The standard route out is up an 800' sand dune, over Crack in the Wall (3rd class), and then a couple miles crosscountry to Forty Mile Ridge road. You would want to go super light and consider bringing a short rope to haul gear/boats up Crack in the Wall.
 

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I'm down for that- why a houseboat though? why not just a speed boat and motor out? I know someone who would almost certainly meet us with a speed boat.
Oh yeah, Coyote is a loooong slog with boats. I've spent a lot of time hiking there also. That's a good idea about crack in the wall. We'll see. I want to know if the section from town to the highway 12 bridge is boatable. I should really just find someone to meet us at the mouth of the Escalante with a house boat... however horrible I would feel for using Reservoir Powell.
 

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Any kind of boat would be sweet. I was just thinking houseboat with a bunch of cold beer, ice cream, frozen margarita's... and of course a a water slide off of the boat. Motoring off would be the quickest way for sure.

I'm down for that- why a houseboat though? why not just a speed boat and motor out? I know someone who would almost certainly meet us with a speed boat.
 

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We can put lots of cold beer, ice cream, and margarita's on my mom's speed boat. As for a water slide, I'll hold the raft upside down over the side and give you a push. More like slip and slide. :D
Any kind of boat would be sweet. I was just thinking houseboat with a bunch of cold beer, ice cream, frozen margarita's... and of course a a water slide off of the boat. Motoring off would be the quickest way for sure.
 

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hahahaha... perfect. That's also a great hot day on the San Juan (or anywhere) activity... slip n' slide off the beach into the water.

I'm game for a speed boat. Soooo much easier than hiking out of the river with boats and all other gear.


We can put lots of cold beer, ice cream, and margarita's on my mom's speed boat. As for a water slide, I'll hold the raft upside down over the side and give you a push. More like slip and slide. :D
 

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Let's make it happen. You plan it- I have too many in the works at the moment. :confused:
hahahaha... perfect. That's also a great hot day on the San Juan (or anywhere) activity... slip n' slide off the beach into the water.

I'm game for a speed boat. Soooo much easier than hiking out of the river with boats and all other gear.
 

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I'm happy to plan it.
I hear you on planning right now - I guess it's that time of year.

Having a boat to haul us off the lake is going to be awesome:D. That's Rad, so much easier. If we do it in kayaks instead of duckies, we'll be able to go faster - get some more hiking in, get me to Flag on time. I wonder if I can just drive straight to the Ferry the evening of the 16th...

I'll start putting together a plan. I guess I just need the dates of your guide school once they solidify.
 

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Escelante/dolores/piedra/animas?

If you guys need anymore, i know a couple people (Duckies) that might be interested:p . I am also thinking about coming down with my 13 ft to the southwest late may early june to run some other stuff. Any Suggestions?
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I don't think I would be comfortable ina kayak yet- I just started that this winter, but I could duckie it and you could kayak. I'm sure there's others who want to go too.

Ideally the weekend of the 23rd would be better for me, but you're leaving the 17th, right? I don't have another 3 day weekend in May. Can we do it over a regular weekend?

I'm happy to plan it.
I hear you on planning right now - I guess it's that time of year.

Having a boat to haul us off the lake is going to be awesome:D. That's Rad, so much easier. If we do it in kayaks instead of duckies, we'll be able to go faster - get some more hiking in, get me to Flag on time. I wonder if I can just drive straight to the Ferry the evening of the 16th...

I'll start putting together a plan. I guess I just need the dates of your guide school once they solidify.
 

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I know I am a total newbie to the site, but if I am still in this part of the world, I would love to hit it. I've been down the Colorado and San Juan into Lake Foul, might as well add one more river to the list. I'll know here pretty quick if I will still be on this side of the Mississippi this summer.
 

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Thats the way to do it,having a boat pick you up!Takeme it is a good beginner run,i think the hardest rapid is 3-,but you are there for the scenery and solitude.It is ideal for ducky's,you can be more comfortable and carry more gear[since you have a boat,and no carry out from hell],I have heard there are bony shoals to drag over,easier to get in and out of a duck.
 

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I love that there are always people on here who want to and will commit to going down a river any time, anywhere, on short notice!

Ethan and I have been talking about this trip and while the Escalante would be awesome, we may have to postpone it until June because it requires at least 7 days.

Instead we are going to apply for a San Juan trip, possibly a Dolores or Dirty Devil in May. Not sure which one yet but of course any and all are welcome to come along.

That's all I know about it right now... more after the Salt trip this weekend.
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I would love to go on this trip. I am available anytime after May 8th. Count me in!
 
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