I hope we can find out the details
Oh no. I’m sure you’re worried sick. I don’t know the answer but I’ll send out prayers and good vibes and keep you in my thoughts. 🙏How long would it take to notify next of kin. My husband is on a Colorado River Grand Canyon rafting trip right now. Told me he wouldn’t be able to talk to me for 8 days because no reception in Canyon. I don’t even know what company he used. Motorized vs non-motorized raft.. just that it’s 8 days and 279 miles. Any thoughts? He flew out Thursday and started on river Friday.
At high water and low water the Left goes. (Below 8,000 and above 18,000.) When a boat went left at 10K, flipped and got stuck, we spent an ugly night. (It was a two boat float.) There are seives back there, which present a very real drowning hazard.I know for sure that a 37 foot motor rig has been down the left side at Highwater.
At high water and low water the Left goes. (Below 8,000 and above 18,000.) When a boat went left at 10K, flipped and got stuck, we spent an ugly night. (It was a two boat float.) There are seives back there, which present a very real drowning hazard.
18 ft oar rig. 5 folks on a winter trip.Uh eau what size boat?
oar rig or motor rig?
I have actually walked out onto the Bedrock rock after the left pour over in the little alcove on the right. I was in my kayak and I realized I was is a bad place and the water was surging a good 6-8' back there and as it surged up the wall I just pulled my skirt and was able to step out of the boat right on to the center rock and was dry. My boat flushed out and was delivered back to me at the bottom of the island. I considered this to a be a 'dry swim' and still drank my bootie beer. I had heard the stories there and didn't want to have one of my own!Bedrock is scary. I didn't make the pull in my 14' raft. I immediately went to plan b,c,d,e and f. I made it through the first pourover upright, past the eddy on the left, huge highside on river left (no passenger) I was standing on the downhill oar tower. Came off the rock and had a feeling of "holy fuck I made it"...I didn't. Shot back across and flipped on the wall of bedrock. Scariest swim of my life. Went super deep with what felt like an undercut wall to my back. I literally expected to breathe water in. Shot out and was met immediately by my buddy's girfriend pulling me into their boat. In hindsight... other than pulling like my life depended on it, I should have just stepped out at the highside, pretty sure I could have.
At least as far as rowing trips goes...I think it will basically keep going as it has but they may struggle to do it in 14 days. I know the commercial trips I saw all said they were worried that they were gonna have long days when I was down there during the week they did 8000cfs flat for a USGS survey. The commercials use those same basic boats on rivers like the Middle Fork even when it gets low.I think the writing is on the wall in terms of how things are and and will be changing down in the Grand Canyon. Gone are the days of what was once considered "high water"- flows upwards of 25k or so- it's over.
With Powell dropping out, consistently below average snow falls, and more and more pressure on what water there is, the Grand will have lower flows in the future.
Technical? not by mountain river class 4/5 standards but, yes, the Grand will become trickier due to less water moving through there and more moves to be made in the various rapids.
I wonder if commercial companies- both motor and oar operating-rafts and wooden dories, are looking at this and considering how they can run safe trips- perhaps lighter boats, fewer people per boat... Or are they going to just keep pushing it until there are more incidents- which will ultimately lead to bad PR and fewer clients anyways...?