More muddy desert boating

I had assumed that the season for boating the smaller Utah waters was over, but while checking the gauges for the Colorado’s impressive runoff, I noticed that Muddy Creek was trending back up.DP2M0077

 

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Gotta jump at the chance for the waters that have such a tiny window, and aren’t even possible many years.

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Two Scouts and a Pack Cat, which looked a bit unruly in some of the narrower spots but actually got hung up less than the Alpackas.

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We hiked The Chute several years ago with my parents in September and it was impressive to see it in such a different state.

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Loads of fun little drops the entire way.

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We grabbed the last chance at camp before the longest stretch of narrows.

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Hiking around in the evening and morning confirmed that I would have preferred hiking one way rather than a shuttle but it wasn’t really possible with our available time.  Boating and walking compliment each other well; there were times I was itching to walk and when I’m walking with a boat I’m itching to get in the water.  This is a both are awesome situation rather than a grass is always greener one.

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Don’t leave your shades on top of your head through here.  They will fall back into the water and be gone.

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We had about 140 cfs and I don’t think I’d want any lower.  Forrest says 80 is possible but that seems a bit hard to imagine, though I wouldn’t hesitate to try even if it might be a bit more tedious.  Lines through the many small rapids had to be chosen perfectly to avoid getting hung up on boulders and there was a bit of dragging in the first and last couple miles.

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of such a fantastic canyon and such fun water.  This is one to redo whenever possible.

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2 thoughts on “More muddy desert boating

  1. So good. Thx for sharing. Prelim reports of the Quattro look promising, which is exciting. Will have a print heading your way Monday or Tues of this coming week.

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