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:
- 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.
- Ask Stacie if she may be willing to captain a paddle raft with herself +4 paddlers (including you?)
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
No longer allowed by BLM after March 1 this year.
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 *****
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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.
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(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
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- 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
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