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Packrafting the grand canyon

Post by scotticus on Thu 03 Mar 2011, 8:38 am

Here is some fun footage from the mountain buzz forum http://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f11/grand-canyon-alpacka-raft34723.html
Apparantly the park service is allowing packrafters to run stretches of the river with just a backpacking permit in order to get to backpacking areas. Sounds like a great way to get around the lottery system Smile

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Re: Packrafting the grand canyon

Post by Newty on Fri 04 Mar 2011, 10:02 am

link no worky.

That's an interesting prospect. Will they only let you run certain sections to get from one trail to the next? I can't imagine you could pack your raft in at north canyon and then stay on the water till diamond creek.
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Re: Packrafting the grand canyon

Post by scotticus on Tue 08 Mar 2011, 11:12 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbpiRTsTl0o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bp9aqO5zsg

I couldn't find the thread for the forum conversation again to cite. Yeah, it looks like a long way to raft on the main river, probably wouldn't allow that. The packrafters were saying that there has been alot of other packrafters hiking in and running the Grand Canyon illegally without any permits. Since the park service found it too difficult to control them, so the park came up with the backpacking permit allowance as a compromise. Maybe I could put in at Cameron and packraft/hike down the Little Colorado http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXzP-s0LarM&feature=related to the main Colorado, and then continue down to Phantom Ranch and hike out to the Grand Canyon Village via the Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail at the South Rim. Run the shuttle along East Rim Drive back to Cameron.

Grand Falls on the Little Colorado: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BP_rFolsCo&feature=related

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Re: Packrafting the grand canyon

Post by Newty on Wed 09 Mar 2011, 12:35 am

I think the only time there is water from cameron down is during a flash flood so you'd have to time it pretty good. The main flow for the LCR the water that is turquoise in color is all from springs a few miles from the confluence with the main colorado. I hiked in to phantom once and caught up with our training trip so I didn't have to hike out. I don't think you could pay me enough to hike out of that ditch with a boat on my back. It would be pretty epic however to "poach" the grand canyon
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Re: Packrafting the grand canyon

Post by Ron on Sun 13 Mar 2011, 9:24 pm

We used to, back in the 70's, pack our sport yaks in at Whitmore and run to either diamond creek or Pearce's Ferry. It was a fun trip, but don't know if it's legal now. May not have been then, but nobody said anything.

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