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Whitewater Rafting on the Upper Salt - Duckies 2013

  • Mar 17, 2013 · 6:00 AM
  • Upper Salt River Canyon

BRING IT ON AND YOU BETTER BRING YOUR "A" GAME!

Please read carefully before signing up! There will be 2 events on the calendar for this trip. This description and sign-up will be for the DUCKIES with a Salt River Rafting Guide for the group. You asked for this trip, so let's make it a river of "yellow duckies"!

Join Bob and I as we team up with Salt River Rafting llc of Arizona for a 9-mile full-day paddle down the Upper Salt River!

The peak flows are expected to hit just before we climb aboard 8-man rafts for a paddle event not to be missed!

Here is there promotional paragraph from their website -

"These inflatable kayaks (Ik's) or "duckies" are generally used at lower flows. Either solo or with a friend you will navigate the river yourself along with a guide in his own ducky, kayak or small raft to show you the way. We consider this a HIGH ADVENTURE trip that requires above average physical condition and a "git 'er done" attitude and a minimum age of 16 years. Please look at these photos to see what we mean by this. That being said, no experience is necessary. Keep in mind that inflatable kayaks are much more physically challenging than rafting. Getting stuck on rocks, falling out of the ducky and rescuing yourself with or without the aid of the guide are typical experiences. Before you head down river you will be required to demonstrate a self resucue in the calm pool at the put in. A self rescue entails exiting your kayak into the water and getting back into the craft with or without the assistance of the guides.

This trip is run separate from the raft trips for your safety (not being run over by a raft), logistics (duckiers generally take longer than rafters to get down the river), and enjoyment. We maintain a high client to guide ratio. Our minimum group size of 4 requires 2 guides; one in a small oar powered raft to handle any circumstance, usually fatigue. Another guide will be in a kayak or ducky to show you the way down the river. These quality and safety measures are what account for the higher cost of the inflatable kayak trip."

More information about what to bring and what to expect can be found on their website:

http://www.raftthesalt.com/

A RSVP here does not book you trip!

You must sign up with them by calling their reservation phone number 1-8OO[masked] and ask for Mike. Be sure to mention you are with Desert Mountain Paddlers. The cost for this DUCKIE trip is $115 and includes lunch. If in the interest of safety, higher than expected flows, or fewer than 4 paddlers, the duckies will not available on our day. We will then paddle the rafts and join the others. The difference in price will be refunded.

If you have special dietary requirements, be sure and let them know at the time of booking. This cost does not include a gratuity to the "guide" nor will it cover you transportation costs to the Upper Salt River Canyon (north of Globe).

The carpool/caravan meeting location will be the Burger King / Home Depot lot on Power Road just south of the US 60 in the East Valley at 6:00 AM sharp. If you desire breakfast, adjust your arrival time accordingly. More exact address to be added soon.

For those of you coming from the North Valley and places North, you can email me for a meeting time and location near Peoria Ave and I-17.

We should be off the river around 4:00 PM and can stop in Globe for story-telling over a dinner if everyone agrees.

If I have missed any important details please let me know.

Please indicate with your RSVP if you will be meeting us at the Burger King

or at Salt River Rafting headquarters on the river (33°48'1.19"N 110°30'28.18"W)

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  • Ann

    Ron. Our guide elliott was great. I'm not worried about the refund and would be happy if they gave my refund to him. I thought he did a great job making sure we had fun, guiding us down the river and keeping us safe. Thanks ann

    March 20, 2013

  • u2metoo

    Here is what the Upper Salt looked on Sunday from my perspective: http://blip.tv/u2metoo/kayaking-the-upper-salt-river-3-17-13-6554591

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Dennis W.

    That was a great thrill ride. Water was up and flying this year, that's what the upper salt looks like.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Bob W.

    If you would like to be refunded the $10 difference between the duckies and rafts, you will have to call SRR and request it. 1-8OO[masked] ask for Mike.

    March 19, 2013

  • Joy

    Great pics of the rafting trip! Glad everyone had fun! I did not see any duckies, just rafts?

    March 19, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Water flow was too high for us to use duckies. :-(

      March 19, 2013

  • Anita D.

    This was the most fun I've ever had!!! Great trip. I want to do it again next week. Thanks Ron!!!

    March 18, 2013

  • Ann

    This was my favorite trip to date.....too much fun!...Thank's Ron you did it again. Perfect Day!

    March 18, 2013

  • jYak

    Gauge reading 1400 this morning

    March 16, 2013

    • u2metoo

      Rawked it 1,600 in my hardshell and it ruled. Powerfull stuff. Wicked fun and no swims!

      3 · March 17, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Camera got too wet today and died while downloading pics to my computer. If anybody has any photos to share, please do.

    March 17, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Globe weather forecast for Sunday is sunny with a high of 77. Sounds like perfect paddling weather. Don't forget your sunscreen!

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll join the 6:00 a.m. carpool.

    March 13, 2013

  • sara

    My payment was processed this morning- we will meet you at the river, see you there! Looking forward to seeing everyone

    March 13, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Make that 10 IK's. :-)

    March 13, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    The upper flow limit for IKs is 1500cfs - today was 1000cfs
    the do reserve the right to make a different call on site that day.
    we have 9 in IKs and 9 in Rafts - this is going to be fun!

    March 12, 2013

  • Steve

    Will meet at the Burger King carpool

    March 12, 2013

  • jYak

    Ran the daily yesterday. Flows are high and fun. Weather was warm after the am. Should be even better next week :)

    March 12, 2013

  • Danuta

    sorry I need to cancel

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans. Have fun.

    March 5, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    I'll be sending out an email about a week before to finalize carpooling etc. The carpool location is in the event description.

    February 18, 2013

  • jYak

    Booked. I should know if I'll be carpooling in a few days. If I bring my hardshell to run on the 18th I'll just meet you guys up there. Also running on 3/11 fyi.

    February 18, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    I just called in my reservation for the "Ducky" run - now it is your turn.

    February 18, 2013

  • George S.

    I meant to sign up for the raft.

    January 11, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    Ron...What time do we need to be at the Salt River Rafting headquarters?

    January 11, 2013

    • Ron, the Canoe G.

      Lisa - their website says 10 BUT you do not want to be rushed in getting fitted for PFD, wetsuit, etc and if we are the first group there then we get on the water 1st, lunch 1st, and headed for home 1st. It is best if you are there at 9:00 Ron

      January 11, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    All
    the outfitter provides wetsuit, helmet, PFD, duckies, paddles, and lunch (usually grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with side pasta salads). If you want a dry suit, i would rent from AZ hiking shack the day before and return the day after. call me at[masked] or email or post here if you have additional questions
    Ron

    January 11, 2013

  • Ron, the Canoe G.

    Ray - wet suits and helmets are provided

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume wet suit will be in order (and my dry top)

    January 10, 2013

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