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2011 Winter Run – Day 6

Short day, short shorts

So what is daily life like on a rafting trip? Kitchen crew starts at 7:00, coffee at 7:30, breakfast at 8:00, then cleaning up, breaking down of camp, dragging the rafts out into the river, loading tables, chairs, propane, stove, fire pit, food, water, wine and numerous bulky heavy personal bags onto the rafts. With everything securely attached, we shove off. Today we achieved this in record time and were off …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 5


We awoke on day 5 to a remarkably warm-feeling 37 degrees.  In retrospect that sounds quite chilly, but after three consecutive sub-freezing nights, it was quite a relief.

Our first stop was Vasey’s Paradise – a large spring that gushes out of the redwall hundreds of feet above the river – where we replenished our water jugs.

Then it was down to Redwall Cavern – a large cave in the …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 4

Found Can, Susie versus Rock

Another cold morning gave way to a “warm” sunny afternoon.  Ahhh the sun!  Temps were only in the 40’s but compared to the previous days’ cold and wind, today felt almost balmy.

We left North Canyon camp after a delicious breakfast of eggs, ham and muffins to boat what they call “The Roaring Twenties.”  This section of the river gets its name from the large number of moderate sized rapids …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 3

Rocked in House, nailed Narrows.

We started in the shade at camp an amazing breakfast of pancakes, blueberries and bacon (thank you Pam and Cece).  Boats loaded and we are head down to scout “House Narrows”.  It is so interesting to be around so many experienced people and to hear them talk about the water, to see the water and then to actually to run the rapids.   A nice leisurely launch in the sun where …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 3

Friday, Feb 18, 2011

12 year reunion

Today looked stormy most of the day, with some clearing late in the afternoon…little did we know what was ahead. But, we loaded up the boats at OC’s. Chris Forsyth from Rich and Todd’s trip came over with his life jacket, and he rowed the GEM to Back-eddy, then hiked back to his camp. Our float into the Muave Gorge was quite. We stopped at 145 Mile on …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 2

Thursday Feb 17, 2011

Day Off At Deer Creek

A Warm Hello and Thank You to Joe Szep and Priss Becker. Joe, thank you for the photos you took in ’57, ’58 and ’59. Priss, thank you for lending us your life jacket from the 1957 river trip. We have used Joe’s photos and your jacket at a number of locations while re-matching Joe’s photos.

Today, some of our group hiked the river trial to …

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2011 Winter Run – Day 1

During the winter of 2011 the Historic River Boats Afloat team made their first rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the great Colorado River. They wrote a blog but due to technical difficulties it didn’t make it. This is what they wrote…

Feb 16, 2011
Aced Out At Across From Der Creek

After our Galloway Layover, today would be a short five mile run from Galloway Camp to Across From Deer Creek. First thing …

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