Upper Colorado River Kayak Trip
Posted by: old_user on Apr-18-13 2:04 PM (EST)
In the near future I want to kayak with a friend the entire UCR all the way to Glen Canyon Damn. I am planning on learning kayaking asap so I can make this trip a reality this year. I need any and all advice. My idea is to purchase a WW kayak large enough to fit my backpacking gear with in it, yet small enough to carry around any damns or obstructions.
Is this possible and how?
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Posted by: tetonjohn on Apr-18-13 5:01 PM (EST)
you should have a look at the Liquid Logic XP series -- folks take them down the Grand Canyon. Larger than standard WW kayaks -- hatch in back and room in fron for gear, too.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-22-13 1:40 PM (EST)
Thanks for the documentary suggestion. I will check it out. Im just at the brainstorming phase right now.
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Posted by: Kilifiman on May-22-13 4:42 PM (EST)
Back in the early 80's I rafted from Moab to Lake Powell. There are rapids that will challenge you mightily, even in late summer with low water. As someone else mentioned, you will need at least a couple of buddies with you. The rule of thumb was that in the Spring, one in four rafts would flip in the Big Drop rapids, while in the late summer 1 in 7 would flip. I consider myself a moderately experienced kayaker, but I am not competent for the big rapids.
I've done a few sections of the "upper"|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-18-13 11:32 PM (EST)
Colorado. My suggestion is, don't try to eat the whole thing. There are obstacles like Gore Canyon that I, at least, never got good enough to attempt. There are dams to be portaged. There are windy, open sections, rather boring, through agricultural land. There are sections where water and resupply will be problematical.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-22-13 1:42 PM (EST)
Yes, the obstacles in which myself and a friend would have to take out is the main reason I would want a smaller kayak. Its just doing the whole thing would be amazing.
Amazing, or just degrading the |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-23-13 5:33 PM (EST)
experience with obstacles?
Posted by: TetonJohn on Apr-18-13 11:52 PM (EST)
is right before you enter the upper reaches of Lake Powell -- it is famous for its huge whitewater. You say you want to learn to kayak so you can do this right away. I said I wouldn't mention sections and skill, but this really isn't something many would bite off in their first year kayaking. Then there would be the long lake sections of Lake Powell where a boat that is designed for whitewater would be a bear to paddle. But don't take my word for it.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-19-13 1:07 PM (EST)
Listen to the other posters. You are a long way from being able to handle a place like Cataract Cyn. Some people never are. You don't want your paddling career to end on the first trip. Paddling a big river is serious business. Most serious kayakers have some dead friends and many rescue stories and near misses. Build your skills and take it one step at a time. Even big ww kayaks are best for short overnight trips. Most people find a rafter for support to carry some of their stuff.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-20-13 11:12 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Apr-22-13 1:44 PM (EST)
Even though I would like to do the entire upper I might just have to settle for something a little more placid for this year. The sections between the CO border and lake Powell would be peaceful, but slow.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-22-13 3:25 PM (EST)
Posted by: Mattt on Apr-23-13 9:32 AM (EST)
"Even though I would like to do the entire upper I might just have to settle for something a little more placid for this year. The sections between the CO border and lake Powell would be peaceful, but slow."
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Posted by: Mattt on Apr-25-13 1:14 PM (EST)
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Posted by: Mattt on Apr-25-13 1:35 PM (EST)
Lake Powell Would Be Challenge Enough|
Posted by: SupremelyArrogant on May-05-13 11:48 PM (EST)
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Posted by: ppine on May-14-13 11:16 AM (EST)