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:
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)