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    Default Grand Canyon Pics

    The pics I promised our in my albums.

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    Cool photos- thanks for sharing.

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    Default Nice and Enjoy

    The Rep point for sharing. Great Photo's and again thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures.

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    Default Very Nice Shots

    That had to have been a way cool trip.How big a party went down?How many days?Most definitely some pretty country.

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    Seven of us, three kayakers, two boatmen, and two passengers. Eighteen days on the river covering 226 miles of pure bliss.

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    Wow! So, did both rafters go straight through Crystal? And what was the result of that? I chickened out and went right. Not sure I'd do any different next time. Must have been fun though; that is one big sucker.

    What you call Cheese Grater I recognize as the bottom of Lava. I've not heard it called that before, but I got close enough to that rock on the right I about got scraped off. I remember staring at it a long time before running it.

    What a blast of a trip you must of had! All the pics brought back such great memories. I NEED to go back.

    So how did you guys dress for this? Morning temps right around freezing, and highs in the 60's some days; I'm wondering what was required. Did you wear drysuits most days? Stuff them with fleece? Not an issue?

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    I actually really screwed up in crystal, but came out smelling like a rose. I entered, started moving right, and it went so nicely as I plowed the lateral wave that I thought I had it made (and relaxed!!), but it sucked me back in about 20 feet from the hole and I couldn't do anything about it so I squared up and pushed, entered the hole, spun a complete 180 on the foam pile and pulled hard through the second hole and was released. It sent me right to the gravel bar below it though and I had a hell of a time getting right of it, but I made it. My brother kept pulling and went right easy enough. I think if I ever row an 18 footer through there again I'll just go left and take the holes over there, there not too bad.

    Lava looked and scouted like a class V rapid, but felt more like a big 4 when I was in it, it is still the only rapid I have approached and instead of the calming adrenaline surge I usually get, my mouth went void of all moisture and I though OH @#&*!!. Once through the V wave my plan was to pull left to avoid the rock (I WAS SCARED OF THAT ROCK AND DEVILISHLY SWIRLING EDDY), but I got spit from the V wave facing foreward so I pushed hard to get over to the hole and used the extra time sideways to make sure I made it, then a hard hi-side was all it took to complete the run, it worked out well. My brother was in a 16 foot Maravia and he had time to square up and punch it straight on, and made it. I still think sockdologer was the best ride on the river though, as it was a huge maw in the center of the river with no way to scout, just look for the horizon, hope it is a tounge and stay straight.

    Dry suits every day, rafters were using a two peice usually (nrs pants and top), with baselayers and pile underneath. Kayakers used a one peice. Proved to be a little cool unless you were rowing, so me and my passenger would switch off to stay at a comfortable temperature, as one person would get hot rowing, the other would be cold and need to move a bit. Worked really well. It seemed we would launch about 10:45 to 11:30 A.M. and that would get put us past the coldest part of the morning (meaning the frost was water on our footwear), and once moving it was nice. NRS stormhoods or 3 fleece hats would be a good recommendation so that you have a dry (or warm) hat when you wanted one. Zero degree sleeping bag is a must, a fleece liner to go inside is a HUGE bonus for comfort, and if you sleep under the stars put a rainfly or tarp over your sleeping bag to keep the condensation down (the exterior of my bag was soaked in the AM quite a few times, but at least it wasn't frosted over.

    Day after the trip: New years eve in Vegas at a 4 star hotel, was fun walking up to the counter smelling of river funk in long johns around all those nice suits and dresses.

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    Very Nice Pictures. Thanks for sharing. And it looked like a lot of fun, but that is a little (l0t) too much white water for my ability.

    Looks like you all have a great time.

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    Has sure changed over the years, not too long ago it was not so forgiving. Can't wait till November, it'll be #5 for me. What a magical place.

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