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Gunnison River – 3 days – May 22, 23, 24 Delta to Whitewater – 42 miles Class II. ACA trip

May 22 - May 24

You need to provide your own river toilet. Temps should be fairly mild – expect highs in the 50s and lows about 30. Plan for two nights camping. And plan on a very early Sunday, to get down river hopefully before the winds kick up.

There are 2 Class II rapids. I don’t recall how low I have ever run the Gunny, but I recall one summer trip that we had to walk the boats thru the rock garden instead of doing the normal run for the first CII – we will scout the first rapid. The second CII can be avoided – it is at Dominguez canyon – a left channel (with a killer undercut rock) will avoid the CII, which is right of the island. There is also a rock dam to negotiate about 6 miles down river – it is not a problem, but must be run at far left. This run is easier in higher water than low.

I am still working on the shuttle arrangements – hopefully we will be able to park vehicles at the Lazy S motel in Whitewater. . – still a work in process right now.

This is an ACA trip – if you are an ACA member, e-mail me your membership number – if you have an Online Waiver, you can send me a copy of that. Except for people with a valid online waiver, you will need to fill out an ACA waiver for the trip (BRING YOUR # with you – you need it for the waiver form). If you are not an ACA member, then you need to pay the $10 per person insurance fee. Since this is an ACA trip, and since it is Class II – you must have a helmet for the CII rapids (NO Bike Helmets).

No dogs or little kids – guests may be allowed, if its cleared with me first. Day 1 is 28 miles, so no slow boats

Sign up with trip coordinator, Mat Bozek, matbozekx@gmail.com to register for this trip or ask questions.         No sign ups before March 1st!

CAUTION – If I can obtain a permit for Loma to Westwater for May 24th, this trip will not end at Whitewater – This will add 13 more miles and one more night to the trip so it would be 3 nights/4days and there will be one mandatory portage around the Redlands Dam – 3/10 mile portage, and there is one more CII rock garden rapid upstream from the dam – this addition is dependent on having sufficient water and on obtaining the permit for camping in Ruby/Horsethief – dates also depend on obtaining permits for Gunnison if they are implemented.


May 22
May 24
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