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Westwater Canyon River Rafting & kayaks (WW & IK) on Colorado River Class III-IV

  • Jul 28, 2013 · 6:00 AM
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Westwater Canyon

Colorado River

Rafting & kayaks (WW & IK) on Class III-IV

6 AM Sunday - July 28th

 

While this trip is open to the whole group, first preference must be given to those with rafts; especially those that can carry passengers.

This permit has 8 spaces total but if we get many sign-ups I will expand the number.

This is a 'common adventurer' trip; it is not an outfitted or guided trip.

 

Those without boats, may I suggest that you:

  1. Invite a friend who has a raft and can take you and maybe others too. That raft captain needs to be a WSA member and RSVP through the usual process.
  2. Ask Stacie if she may be willing to captain a paddle raft with herself +4 paddlers (including you?)
  3. Look at the rowed rafts that are already signed up and ask captains if they have room for another passenger

If you have not 'arranged' for a 'ride' for yourself before all such spots as there may be are gone, there is no one else who can arrange for you.Look on the message board for a Westwater message there that will have some key phone numbers to help you arrange a ride on the river if you are not in your own boat.

Today will be a very low-flow run.

If you do not have, or will not be bringing, your own boat, you may or may not be able to participate in this trip. At the expected low water, raft captains may want to keep their boats fairly light so may only be taking a limited number of passengers

I have only run it at low flows so that is the norm to me. It is very likely that inflatable kayak (IK) paddlers may flip or be ejected from their boats so we have to know all IK paddlers can get back in their boat.

Accordingly, some time before the trip, if there are IK paddlers coming along that myself or co-leader Stacie Boyles, are not already familiar with, you will need to participate in an evening self-rescue exercise. Let me say that again --- if you want to be an IK paddler on this trip and Stacie or I do not know your ability to get back in a capsized boat you will be required to demonstrate (or learn) that skill at a pre-trip evening session. Consideration will be given to those who may not live in or near GJ.

RSVP:

ONLY raft captains will be able to RSVP for more than just themselves; a passenger on their raft or a kayak paddler. If you will be in an IK or want to be a raft passenger, DO NOT RSVP for more than just yourself. Except for the captains' guests, all others must RSVP for themselves to participate in this trip.

WHEN/WHERE:

If you are coming from GJ or western CO, meet at Starvin Arvin's at I-70 Fruita exit at

6 AM Sunday.

Or, meet at theWestwater Ranger Station put-in at 8 AM. Please note in your RSVP which place you will meet.


BRING ON-RIVER:

  • Boat if you have one (please state in RSVP what boat and how many passengers)
  • Necessary, needed  &/or required group gear (groover, fire pan, fire blanket) Please state in RSVP which of these items you have/ can/will bring.
  • Wet or dry suit
  • HELMET (REQUIRED on any WSA river trip of class III or higher)  
  • Broad brimmed hat and other sun protection clothing
  • River shoes (sandals are not suggested by some for wear on > class III+ whitewater. If you do wear sandals, buckle closures rather than velcro are highly recommended.)
  • Sunscreen, bug juice, bug head net, sun glasses 
  • Drinking water, snacks & your lunch
  • A cooler in the car at the take-out with enough cold beverages to, please, share

DOGS:

No longer allowed by BLM after March 1 this year.

CONTACT:

Doug Van Etten  [masked]  IK

Stacie Boyles      [masked]  (paddle raft?)

John Kelleher      [masked]  IK or 14' rowed raft (don't know which for him)

Amy Fry            [masked]  (she may know of a raft with 1 more seat?)

 

 

Resources &/or Reading:

BLM for permit and trip requirements

River use stipulations from BLM

River flow level

Westwater Canyon Map

***** Acknowledgement of Risk *****

By RSVPing YES and participating in this activity you acknowledge that you have read the statements below and agree to abide by them while participating in this or any Western Slope Adventurers activity. Only those persons who have read this information and agree to its terms shall be viewed as participants in this or any WSA activity.

Hiking, backpacking, road or mountain biking, water sports, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, rappelling, canyoneering and other adventure sports are fun, but are not without risk. You are responsible for your own safety and staying within your own comfort limits. All Western Slope Adventurers events are unguided events.

By participating in a WSA event, you acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility for your own safety.

Western Slope Adventurers MeetUps are organized to provide a venue for outdoor enthusiasts to meet and have fun while sharing in experiences and adventures.

Neither the WSA MeetUp nor any event organizer assess the personal, technical and/or safety skills of participants; nor do they assess any event location to determine current conditions.

By your participation, you acknowledge that you have a personal duty and responsibility to:

(a) assess your own skills, honestly and accurately, to determine your suitability as a participant for each event,

(b) seek adequate information to assess the difficulty of each event to determine if it is within your fitness and skill level,

(c) seek adequate information about the current conditions in each area and the weather to assess potential risks to you by participating, and

(d) evaluate other prospective event participants and to use your own judgment to determine their suitability for the event and how their participation may affect you.

All participants are encouraged and expected to:

  • honestly assess your skills to ensure each activity is within your ability
  • assess your prospective fellow event participants
  • accept responsibility for your own safety and comfort
  • do your share of any teamwork involved
  • share your ideas for situation assessment before and during an event
  • speak up if you're having a problem
  • speak up if you question what's going on or something that is being done, no matter who's doing it
  • have all of the clothing, equipment and any other special items needed for the activity
  • inform the event organizer or other designated participant if you are using medication (prescribed or otherwise) or have any medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event
  • on any biking, canyoneering; or, river event that is class II difficulty or higher, wear a helmet, no exceptions
  • have fun

 

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  • Laney H.

    Thanks, David and Stacie for a lift in your rafts! What an exceptional Western Colorado day!

    July 30, 2013

  • Wes

    I am constantly amazed at how little I know about so many things. Thanks for all the advise and help from everyone, especially Doug who towed me around a couple of times after I took a swim. Nothing quite like that first time out getting tossed around by the water. I had a fun day with everyone involved. I can't wait to get out and practice some more, I think my next trip out I will just flip the boat and practice getting in a few dozen times.

    July 29, 2013

    • Wes

      I can't do any after work activities for a couple more weeks, but I could get something posted for the weekend. With luck I will even get my first Saturday off this weekend. I will post something for Sunday in Glenwood.

      July 30, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      That will be awesome, Wes.

      July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an incredible day. The weather gods were on our side. What a FUN GROUP of folks to share the river with. My thanks to John for the permit and everyone involved. Please check out my post on the Western Slope Adventurers Facebook site. Much thanks to Laney Heath. Laney took the bulk of the photos I posted. She took some fabulous shots. I had so much fun, I can't wait to go again. Thanks to all for keeping things safe. Westwater RULES

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day, loved all the rapids sun & group!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip, everyone!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip, everyone!

    July 29, 2013

  • Mike

    A true western slope adventure.

    July 28, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Fabulous. Great crew of IKers, with excellent raft and creature craft back-up. Everyone had a good time in his or her craft chosen craft...I am nutz for the creature craft.

    July 28, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    The rain yesterday barely moved the gauge up but it was at 3030 cfs. Ask Jerry and Wes how that flow level was - they both paddled or were carried right on top of Skull Rock, each slide off their own direction and both stayed in their boats and came up smiling. That was a theme for the day -- keep smiling. We did a lot of that from the put-in ramp to the dinner at El Tapatio. Thanks to all for a great day with 8 people in 7 IKs, 6 people in 2 rafts and 2 in Aron & Stacie's Creature Craft. The 50% chance of rain never showed up for us so we spent 1/2 the day under high, cooling overcast and 1/2 the day in the full 88 degree (or more) UT sun. I am baked from wearing too little hat.

    July 28, 2013

  • Wes

    I will plan to meet in Fruita, both myself and my friend Steve will have IK's. Let me know if you need anything else from me. It will be good to get out with the group again.

    July 25, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Westwater this Sunday - July 28th
    --- $$$$ ---- Bring $14 CASH. EXACT AMOUNT please

    Since it looks like we may have as few as 12 or as many as 14 of us on the river Sunday, please bring $14 each to reimburse John Kelleher for the permit cost of $160. That needed to be paid 30 days ago and he gambled that we would have 16 but looks like it will be a few less.

    We are meeting at 6 AM at Starvin Arvin's in Fruita. IF YOU ARE NOT MEETING THERE PLEASE REMIND US OF THAT FACT WITH A MESSAGE IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. If you are not meeting there, please be at the Westwater Ranger Station by about 7:00 AM to drop off gear and take part in the shuttle.

    Look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.

    Doug Van Etten [masked]

    P.S.
    If you also plan to go on the August 18th Westwater trip you could be real nice and bring $14 for Stacie who pre-paid for that permit. That way she is not stuck with the $160 expense into the coming months.

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would need seat for two and I am in the list of people coming. Thank you.

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops John K not H phone number is listed above.

      July 25, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Thanks, Jerry.

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to cancel my reservation as I am not bringing a boat with us and couldn't get spots reserved in time. So, I will be looking forward to upcoming events.

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      In the future I strongly suggest you do as Barbara and Laney have done, CALL directly to the phone #s listed as contact people for the event. These are not guided trips so the organizers are not responsible for finding seats or providing seats for anyone. It is a matter of . .. if we have enough rafts going, passengers can come along. We have another Westwater trip planned for August 18th. Look at those dates, see if they work for you and call Stacey or David or John or anyone else sho says they will be rowing a raft. See you in August, Sagar (but, it is still the case that as a 'passenger' someone coming along can only RSVP for themselves, not for a +1)

      July 25, 2013

  • Stacie B.

    Before I show up with the paddle boat, do Barbara, Laney, and Stacey still plan on paddling with me?

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you need a paddler let me know. thanks

      July 25, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      Call Stacie to talk with her directly. It is not up to her to arrange passage for people. If she does not have paddlers, she will be more than happy to row. Her # is in the body of the trip description above.

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone has room on a boat let me know. I'm on the wait list and have had Westwater on my bucket list for a long time.

    July 24, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    Yes, I, Barbara, am planning on paddling in that boat... thanks!

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to this trip, will not IK since I'm a beginner, always fun riding with Captain David

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll have my IK
    will likely meet in fruita
    Will we have a raft with a motor to get through the flat sections? I've never gotten into my kayak while it's on the water. I'll practice this weekend.

    June 20, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Permit cost is $10 per person. I have to pay the permit fee by June 28th. That day I will pay for the number of people we have on the list and take a chance that a few more will want to go and pay for them too. On the day of the trip I will need to collect exact change in CASH from each of you, please. If your name is on the RSVP YES list on June 28th, you owe the fee, even if you change your mind and drop out (unless we end up with another person to fill that slot). Lets say we pay for 15 people and only 10 show up, we are going to have to ask that each person be prepared to pay an equal share of the total fee, so in this example - $15.

    June 20, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    You can look at both water level in cfs and water temperature at this site http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/uv/?site_no=09180500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,72020,00010,00095,00300,63680

    June 19, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Sounds like Stacie may be willing to bring a paddle raft. That might mean 4 (or maybe even more, Stacie?) would have raft seats as long as you realize that you are the propulsion in a paddle raft.

    June 19, 2013

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