Twenty.

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  • 03-13-2012
    mikesee
    Twenty.
    Inconceivable though it seems, last weekend marked an anniversary of sorts: Two decades of missions in and around Moab.

    The best part is how little I feel I've seen in that time--so much more 'sploring to be done.

    Chops and Fettucini were champing at the bit to get their feet wet packrafting, and for a brief few days I found myself in possession of three boats. They came up with a plan that involved mellow floating--to allow them to figure things out with little stress on the water--and with mellow riding to keep my as-yet tender elbow happy.

    Chops and I strapped boats, bags, and bivies onto our bikes and rode out to Fettucini's place.
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    A minor amount of fiddling and gawking there before we headed across the street, literally, to put in.
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    Usually a good idea (especially early season) to paddle a short distance, take out, readjust, retemper, and re-cinch, then start fresh.
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    The river doesn't so much flow as <span style="font-style:italic;">ooze</span> this time of year, thus if we wanted to make progress it was largely up to us to put our backs into it. Dodging sandbars and reapplying sunscreen became the most challenging aspects of the day.
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    Around about here I called a powwow so that we could run the numbers. We'd taken but one break in ~5 hours of paddling, yet had covered far less than half of the distance to camp. And with only three hours til dark, it seemed we needed to make a change. All agreed, so we deflated the boats, put wheels back onto bikes, and continued downriver.
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    We doubled our mileage for the day in less than an hour of easy pedaling. There the road ended at a boat launch. And hey whaddya know--we've got boats!
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    The canyon had constricted a bit, giving us a minor amount of current to enjoy. The river oozed us along, the light got creamy, and all we had to do was occasionally dip a blade to adjust our view.
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    The sun vanished as we reached our takeout, giving us reason not to dally as the temps dropped at water level.
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    We rode out a wash, found a rough track that became a road, then ascended a few hundred vert to gain a few degrees of warmth. No wood meant no fire, which also meant that we all tucked in fairly early.

    Cookin' dinner:
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    Moonrise, hours later.
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    A quick breakfast for the boys while I fixed a flat, then we got back on the bikes.
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    A quick regroup for views and layer adjustments at the top, then down we went.
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    No blood had spilled, no one swam the frigid river, we'd all even gotten some good sleep. Thus we were all smiles as we rolled back into town, vowing to do it again soon.
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  • 03-13-2012
    bikewrench
    F'ing awesome! I envy your adventures! Amazing pics as always!
  • 03-13-2012
    ADSR
    Aces!
  • 03-13-2012
    logbiter
    nice!
  • 03-13-2012
    cutthroat
    Looks fun - put-in above Potash ramp obviously, but where was your take-out? Chicken Corners then over Hurrah Pass, or on the Dead Horse Point side? The hogan is really cool BTW.
  • 03-13-2012
    hillharman
    I'm a long time whitewater kayaker, although now that has taken a backseat due to my mountain bike obsession. Your pack-rafting adventures have piqued my interest in a major way. Any chance of doing a writeup on pack-rafting, especially with bikes? Failing that, could you direct me to some resources if you know of any? As always, the photos are inspirational.
  • 03-13-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hillharman View Post
    I'm a long time whitewater kayaker, although now that has taken a backseat due to my mountain bike obsession. Your pack-rafting adventures have piqued my interest in a major way. Any chance of doing a writeup on pack-rafting, especially with bikes? Failing that, could you direct me to some resources if you know of any? As always, the photos are inspirational.

    Alpacka Raft LLC - The World's Finest Packrafts

    You can spend hours there learning. But don't stop there--get one. Total game changer.
  • 03-13-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cutthroat View Post
    Looks fun - put-in above Potash ramp obviously, but where was your take-out? Chicken Corners then over Hurrah Pass, or on the Dead Horse Point side? The hogan is really cool BTW.

    Put in at Kane Creek. Take out at Long Canyon (Pucker Pass). Ride past Potash to end of road. Put in there, take out at Camelot. Ride back over Hurrah, with some shuteye under the stars first.

    Just needed to scratch the surface, and this seemed like a good start...

    Thinking Dirty Devil in a few weeks. Wanna?!
  • 03-13-2012
    kreater
    very cool. might i ask some more info on that wicked spherical log cabin. looks amazing.
  • 03-13-2012
    ImaFred
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kreater View Post
    very cool. might i ask some more info on that wicked spherical log cabin. looks amazing.

    X2
    Awesome Adventure MC!
  • 03-13-2012
    cutthroat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post

    Thinking Dirty Devil in a few weeks. Wanna?!

    Hell yeah. I have also been reading up on Muddy Creek and the Chute in the San Rafael, sounds bomber. Let me know.
  • 03-13-2012
    brdpkns
    Freakin love it!
  • 03-13-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cutthroat View Post
    Hell yeah. I have also been reading up on Muddy Creek and the Chute in the San Rafael, sounds bomber. Let me know.

    The Chute is near the top of my short list. So many rivers, such a short season...
  • 03-14-2012
    bnelson
    as usual
  • 03-14-2012
    fred-da-trog
    Awesome adventure! Thanks for the stoke!
  • 03-14-2012
    edouble
    That is another world...
    That you live in and an amazing one at that. Thas for sharing, too cool!.
  • 03-14-2012
    rjs3113
    That's redonkulous. Makes me want to pack my bags and move out west.......like today
  • 03-14-2012
    gritnteeth
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us that don't get enough time out in the beautiful outdoors. Awesome pix and adventures always!:D
  • 03-14-2012
    modifier
    So what is the deal with that hogan? Is it park property and open to use by all or...? More pics :)
  • 03-14-2012
    mikesee
    Private land.

    Only pics I have are already posted.
  • 03-14-2012
    slocaus
    Gotta say, I'm a little disappointed.


    Knowing the time of year and events in the lands north, I thought sure you would have some outrageous pics of the aurora with the solar storm. These will do, I guess. :thumbsup:
  • 03-14-2012
    Crimargia
    Amazing pictures. I love my Grabner Solo, but these boats are giving much more possibilities.
  • 03-14-2012
    Rack Man
    I need new friends.....
  • 03-14-2012
    rydbyk
    geez. gettin' out there. good work fellas:thumbsup:
  • 03-15-2012
    ozzybmx
    Awesome pics and story !
  • 03-15-2012
    rob1208lv
    + rep for living the dream..