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Float Colorado River- Grizzley to Glenwood Springs followed by Spelunking Tour


*THOSE WANTING TO CARPOOL FROM GJ CAN MEET AT THE PALISADE PARK AND RIDE AT 8:00 AM

This is Doug Van Etten's birthday weekend so I'm inviting anyone who wishes to come boating in the morning and spelunking on the Glenwood Springs Wild Caving Tour in the afternoon to join us. 

Looking at boating followed by some potluck lunch (birthday cake perhaps) in the park.

Meet at the 2 Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs at 10 am. We will get as many boats and people into as few cars as we can leaving most of the cars in the lower parking lot.


• This 6-mile stretch is considered a bubbly class II section of water. IK, rafts, canoe are all acceptable. We will probably be doing this quicker than usual depending on the time. There are options for those of you not under a time crunch:

• river edge hotsprings

• get down and go back up and do it again

If you are going boating, BRING:

• Boat of choice with paddles or oars

• PFD - personal floatation device is REQUIRED to be worn on any WSA boating event

• HELMET- bike helmet is OK if that is all you have. REQUIRED to be worn on any WSA boating event that is class II or more (this is class II

• Dry bag or other means to keep spare clothes, snacks, camera, etc dry

• Sun protection- billed-cap under your helmet, long sleeves, sun screen, etc.

• Drinking water & energy snacks

We will need to be up top at the Glenwood Springs Adventure tram by 1:30 pm to begin the tour at 2:30. They provide all that is needed to go crawl around in the mud and the underground formations for this two hour tour. 

If you want to go, you will have to call and sign up with Glenwood Springs Wild Caving Tour for the 2:30 tour. Right now Doug and I are the only ones listed. They take up to 8. 


Cost is $60 per person for the spelunking.

If you are spelunking you will need to reserve your spot in advance.

Spelunking, BRING:

• Spare clean clothes for after the cave (they provide coveralls but your clothes may get a little dirty)

• Rough and tumble shoes or light hiking boots, with rubber soles

They provide coveralls, knee & elbow pads, helmet and headlamp, gloves and any other gear needed underground.

Come on along for on the water fun AND/or Fun underground!!! 

You are welcome to join us for one or both adventures today.

Let's be thinking about going out as a group after the cave for a beverage &/or meal.

CONTACT:

Mary Hertert[masked]

BOAT RENTALS:

There are inflatable kayak (IK) and paddle raft rentals in Glenwood Springs. If you want to come on the river but do not own a boat, check out renting an IK. They are fun, easy to learn to paddle, very stable and a 'best bet boat' for those new on the river. 

If you need to rent, we ask that you drive to Glenwood early so you will be ready to meet in the park at 10 AM. 

These boats can be rented un-inflated so they can easily be carried in the smallest of cars. There is a high pressure air hose for inflation where we will begin the river trip.


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  • Suzy N.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOUG!

    August 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for sharing all of the pics! I had
    a blast!!

    August 11, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Looking forward to more photos of cave and river!!!

    August 11, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    This is a trip worth doing! Definitely recommend Glenwood Brewery for after-food (Portobello tacos!).

    August 11, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    Great river day - a little breeze, lots of sun. Water so low the hot springs were above river level thus too small and too hot to enjoy. Thanks to Lakota Guides - Glenwood Adventure Co for letting us play on their raft slide (see photos). Thanks to their guide Craig for trying to roll my canoe and entertaining us all with that (bet that got him some more tip$ at the end of their trip). The birthday cake was a cute and tasty treat and it was nice of Shae to join us for that. No gondola ride up due to possible lightening strikes on the towers so up on their bus; descended via gondola. Nice views both ways from high up on Iron Mtn. The caving was lots of fun. They put you through a test hole once you're all dressed in coverall, helmet and pads. The test hole lets the guide (ours was Kay) see if your body size and shape will fit through squeezes in the cave. Plenty of squeezing and crawling, lots of black light illuminated 'bacon' and other cave formations.

    August 11, 2014

  • joe s.

    Wonderful time thanks

    August 11, 2014

  • Mary h.

    What a great tying together of two completely different events - boating and spelunking. Fabulous day on the river with perfect weather and I didn't pick up a single piece of trash (note: 3 weekends in a row of cleaning rivers. I deserved the day off). Got to play with the big boats since Ellen was riding with a commercial outfit so we took advantage of their water slide -boat flipped over and water splashed on top. Afterwards we split Doug's melted birthday cake with Shae and her granddaughter before jetting off to the tram and spelunking. Tram was down so we make the spelunkers late (not our fault...) but had the full tour anyway. Anyone up for going in for a photo tour of the formations? That would be extraordinary fun.

    August 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone going with a raft? Or have a spare 2-person inflatable? I'd love to take 8 yr old granddaughter

    August 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, the costs do add up. But I've never done whitewater rafting before, so I'm going for it :)

      August 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! It is so fun! Wish I could, too

      August 8, 2014

  • Mary h.

    Are you back from Deso and how about if you stopped into the park for cake at 12:30?

    August 7, 2014

  • Laney H.

    Oh, I wish this event wasn't on the same day as the kayak clinic!

    1 · August 7, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      So you are back from Deso? Alive and well and happy and tanned and not bug bitten???

      August 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For rentals they say whitewater experience required, which I don't have. And the guided trips through that company are already booked on 8/10. I might check out the hot springs instead and then meet up for lunch and the caving.

    August 4, 2014

    • Mary h.

      Sounds good Ellen. Sorry you don't have a boat. You might also want to check with CMU or Rimrock Adventures in GJ to rent. We are all happy to help you navigate the river and both those places will rent everything you need.

      August 4, 2014

  • joe s.

    There is not much info on the boating component such as types of boats, how far etc. etc. We are interested and we will be back from Phoenix by then...............

    August 4, 2014

    • Mary h.

      Thanks Joe. I've remedied the description. You are correct - shy on details.

      August 4, 2014

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