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Location: Westwater Boat RampTicketPriceFeeQuantity/Left Westwater trip payment $90.00 Included [masked] / 11 Westwater Canyon 2-day Rafting Trip
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- Class IV, 19-miles
- Depart Denver May 11th, Put-in Saturday May 12th
- Take-out and back in Denver Sunday May 13th
- Maximum trip size - 20 people
- Number of rafts needed - 5 - 7
- Drive - ~300 miles/~5 hours
- Water level – current flow
Westwater Canyon, located just across the CO border in UT, is a 2-day wilderness river trip down the Colorado River. This is a self-guided trip (not using an outfitter).
We can either meet Friday late afternoon in the Denver area and caravan out, or you can meet us the put-in by 7:00 AM Saturday morning. It’s about a 5 – 6 hour drive from Denver. I will be camping at the put-in Friday night. Starting at 7 AM, we will unload the gear, have a quick breakfast, and start the vehicle shuttle to the take out. During the shuttle, the rest of us will rig the boats. Once the shuttle returns, we’ll have a safety talk and then start down the river. WE CAN NOT SELECT OUR CAMPSITE UNTIL THE SHUTTLE RETURNS SO WE NEED TO START THE SHUTTLE ON TIME.
The total length of the trip is about 19-miles. Depending on the water level, the river can be Class III, IV, or V. We’ll spend the night camped on the river (everything we need will be carried on the boats). We’ll continue down the river on Sunday to the take out, unload the boats, pack the cars, and then drive back to Denver. Baring anything unforeseen, everyone should be home by 9:00 PM.
The total trip size is 20 people but I'm holding a couple of spots for those with rafts.
The weather should be nice unless there is a front coming through, so I would plan for cool and rain to hot (probably warm). The river could be starting its run off, so the water could be high.
1. River First – this means the priority is safety AND leaving no trace. Everything that we bring in, we carry out.
2. Trip Second – everyone pitches in with loading and unloading the boats, is part of a rotating cooking crew, and accepts the group’s decision – with the final say going to the trip leader. Everyone needs to have the mind set that the success of a trip is a priority.
3. Self-Third – each person needs to understand that the group comes first. In addition, if you are a person who thinks a river trip is an opportunity to get shit-faced or to partake in recreational drugs, then this group is not for you.
Each person is responsible for bringing his or her own personal equipment and dry bag (available at NRS and REI. Your Dry Bag must be big enough to hold all your gear (clothes, sleeping bag) but it can’t be huge because there are other people on this trip, between 4000 and 6000 cu in. My favorite is the Watershed Colorado Dry Duffel.
You need to bring (average temperatures – Max 70’s, Min 40’s):
• River clothes: shirt, shorts, river shoes, hat, wind/water resistant jacket in case it is cool; may want to bring long-sleeved shirt and long pants to prevent sunburn
• Camp clothes: dry shirt, pants, shoes/sandals, jacket/long pants just in case
• Toiletry items: including towel
• Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent (tent does not need to fit in your dry bag)
• Water bottle
Gear provided will be:
• Kitchen/cooking equipment
• Portable toilet
• Life jackets (you can bring your own if you have one provided it is a Class III or V jacket)
The trip is cost/work sharing. I will be collecting $90 per person (outfitters charge upwards of $150). This will include food (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, one dinner), user fees, equipment, and $25 damage deposit. The people bringing the rafts and other gear will be paying less since they have invested thousands of dollars in their equipment, have to spend the time loading and unloading the gear for the trip, and hauling their gear to the river. The amount is padded a little so I will mail out refunds for the balance once we get back.
Each person will also be assigned to a cook crew who will be responsible for preparing one meal and cleaning up afterward. Volunteers will be needed to prepare a menu for a meal and to shop for the food. These people will receive an additional refund to the trip’s cost for their extra effort.
There are no “Maybe’s”, only “Yes”. Payment of the $90 through this site (PayPal) is required to sign up as a firm commitment is required. If you sign up and find you have to cancel, you will be issued a refund provided someone fills your spot minus a $10 fee. First-timers/novice river runners are welcome.
Feel free to ask any questions – I think I’ve included everything in here.
Event added on Monday, March 12th, 2012 by Paul