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Old 10-25-2011, 10:14 AM   #15
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Incredible post, Zep. Thank you..
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:54 PM   #16
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How would I haul a 17' kayak on my trailer?
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:20 PM   #17
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Hi all.
Hope you don't mind Zep, I took the libery of creating a Google Earth tour of
the area. Gives a nice flavor of the kayaking if you have never been there.
The entrance to Antalope canyon is about 1 mile from the boat ramp.
The Antalope canyon fly over goes back about 2.5 miles from the entrance.
The Navajo canyon entrance is about 4.5 miles from the boat ramp.
That fly over goes about 7 miles in from its entrance.
Both flyovers are from a height of 200 feet above the water.
You need Google Earth loaded with a good computer and good internet
connection to watch the tour.

Google Earth can be downloaded from here:
Uncheck Chrome checkboxs unless you want it.
Google Earth: Download Google Earth for PC, Mac, or Linux

The tour file can be downloaded by clicking this:
https://sites.google.com/site/a86456...Rally Area.kmz

Open it with Google Earth and then double click the
"Antalope and Nanajo canyon fly over" tour found in the "Tour of Kayak
Rally Area" folder. This should be somewhere in "Places" on left side of
the Google Earth screen.

I can feel the blisters on my palms already .
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:24 PM   #18
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Preliminary, mostly firm, decisions

SKY, great flyover tour. Thanks. Now I'm going to have to lean how to do that!

For planning purposes, I'm making some preliminary decisions. Here are the specifics, so far:
1. I plan to arrive on Thursday, 27 Sept, early enough to get my zebra mussel inspection and then establish a camping area.
2. We'll dry camp in the Lone Rock camping area. The campground has potable water, a dump station, and a restroom facility with outside showers, but not exactly adjacent to the camping area.
3. Plan on group paddles from Friday, 28 Sept, to Tuesday, 2 Oct. At least one of these paddles will be overnight, so bring your expedition gear if you want to join this paddle. If you camp overnight, NPS requires that you have an approved human waste collection/disposal device (WAG Bags, $40 for a set of 12).
4. Pot Luck, probably Friday evening, 28 Sept.
5. The local paddles (non-overnight) will start around 10:30 AM, in order to give people a chance at the 9:00 BLM lottery for the Wave, if anyone wants to try for it. It's 13 miles to the BLM contact station.
6. This is not a sponsored rally, neither by the Forums nor WBCCI. There is no rally charge, except what you will pay to NPS for camping. Bring everything you need and leave no trace. It's 22 miles to Walmart in Page (and McDonald's).
7. If you want to rent a kayak, it's up to you to Goggle a source in Page and make your own arrangements.
Now for the fun stuff. The following satellite map shows the area where we'll camp and the nearby parts of the Lake that I think are reasonably accessible (and interesting). Note the mileage chart. The miles for Wahweap and Antelope are for the full round trip. All other mileage is one-way, so double it to get home. I don't show any planned paddle into Navajo Canyon only because it's a real haven for motorized craft that like to rat race through the canyon switchbacks, and I don't want to be paddling across the channel when one of these knuckleheads shows up. More on that later. Go this page for more map info. (Note: in this map, the upper half of the satellite photo was taken when the water level was way down--you can see the significant jag in the shoreline where the two photos meet):

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1. The Wahweap paddle--6-1/2 miles around Lone Rock and then into the western bays, including a nice slot canyon and at least one creek:

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2. The Antelope Canyon paddle--yes, you have to load up and drive over to the public ramp near the Navajo Power Station. There are a few nice beaches in the first third of the canyon, but aft that it's vertical walls all the way to the mud/beach at the end:

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3. Paddling over to Labyrinth should be an overnight. If the wind is westerly, we can make it into the canyon and even do a little hike (YouTube video of the slot canyon), then paddle back out to the camping area to spend the night before paddling back against the wind the next day. If the wind is easterly, we'll struggle to the camping spot and then hike in the morning before we head back with the wind at our backs:

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4. If we're real adventurous and have a group of strong paddlers, we can go all the way to Face Canyon.

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5. As a backup, we could consider doing a little of Navajo Canyon, especially if the boating crowd has thinned out this time of year. However, to get to the steps or the ruins it would probably require an overnight:

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When you arrive, get your zebra mussel check at the Wahweap Marina. It's behind the gas station near the main boat ramp. You do not have to pay to enter this part of the Lake Powell Recreation Area if you aren't camping or launching your kayak (eg, if you're just getting a mussel check or going to the camp store).

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For those who just want to do a series of day paddles, you can explore Warm Creek (15-26 miles), circumnavigate Antelope Island (25 miles total), or paddle to the dam and back (17 miles total).

OK, that's all for now (and probably all you need to know). See you there.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:05 AM   #19
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Oh wow, that looks like a tour for a bucket list!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:19 AM   #20
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It's hard to predict what the lake level will be this year. The eastern slope here in Colorado had the driest March on record, which may mean lower lake levels. That's not necessarily bad, especially if the Golden Cathederal is once again accessible.

Everybody should go back and review post #10, which is essential to planning your trip in and out. I'll do a few updates, with a final by mid-July. So if you want to commit, plan on doing so by then.

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Old 04-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #21
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We experienced record rainfalls in the NW in March, and our snowpack is 130% of normal. I thought that might translate to a reasonably high snow pack on the West slope of the Rockies? From "whence cometh" the water for LP in the mountains?

We are still very interested in participating. Zigi....
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #22
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[QUOTE=Zigidachs;1130799]...From "whence cometh" the water for LP in the mountains?...QUOTE]

Mainly the Colorado River. The Green, San Jaun, and San Rafael are also contributaries. When the Colorado is down, Lake Powell and Lake Meade are down.

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Zep,

Will a canoe be able to make this journey?

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...Will a canoe be able to make this journey?...
I can't imagine why not, but I'll let others who are familiar with canoe speed answer that. Ocean kayaks can typically make 4.5 kts with some effort and 3.5 kts easily. The double kayaks are even a bit faster.

But we're not going for speed. For the overnight paddle I'm thinking three hours on the water, then lunch, then two more hours to get to the destination. Should be a moderate day, but you will definitely know you've been paddling. If you're planning two paddlers in the canoe, I would guess you're OK.

I would guess that the group,if large enough, will automatically split into two, one slightly faster than the other. Under no conditions, however, will any single kayak be allowed to fall behind. We will have limited capability for towing, if required, but I would be disappointed if someone started out depending on it.

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I just noticed the date will be during school...DANG!

It looks like a beautiful area.

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I just noticed the date will be during school...DANG!
Dates were selected to fit between Burning Man and the Balloon Fiesta. Maybe I'll do a summer rally next year up in the Sinbad area of Utah, which would end with a kayak trip down the Green River to Moab. We'll see how this one goes, first.

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This unofficial meet is still a "go" for 27 September-1 October. Send me a PM if you are seriously interested. If you have questions, post them here in this thread so everyone can see the answers. I'll post an updated list of attendees periodically in this thread.

I hope to have a skin-on-frame kayak as part of my fleet by the time I get to Lake Powell. For those without kayaks who just want to join the group to camp out, I'd be happy for you to try out my Pygmy boats local to the camp site.

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Hey Zep, how did this go? Any Pics? Where did you go for the over-nighter? Sure wish we could of made it.
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