Big Bend Conservancy
Hi all,The wife and I are wanting to paddle SEC later in november and I had a few questions that I would love some input on. I've done a good deal of research but this is what's left with question marks:Camping: is there camping (backcountry or otherwise) allowed at the mouth of the canyon near the takeout point?Flood risk: I hear that flow can be dictated a lot by upstream reservoirs. My worry is being cliffed in and the river rising while above the sand bars. Is that a likely occurrence? We will be shooting for 200-1000 cfs but i have seen USGS show sudden spikes.Shuttle: How much should I expect a shuttle back to Lajitas cost ballpark? Any other ways to do this? We'll be taking just one vehicle.Thanks y'all
Dawn, would you be able to recall the time breakdown of your trip last year? For example, from put in to the start of the canyon, rock slide, etc. I'm just trying to get an idea of how far we might make it before dusk if we were to push off around 3pm.
There is a lot more detail on my trip in my BBC post, Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and not-quite Back Again http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/your-trip-reports/round-the-bend-in-16-days-there-and-not-quite-back-again/. You might find some of it helpful. Also, check out American Whitewater's website about the Rio Grande from Lajitas to Cottonwood Campground at https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1826/. Or even better, get a copy of Louis F. Aulbach's books on running the Rio Grande. He has one volume devoted entirely to the upper stretch of the river up to and through Santa Elena. https://www.amazon.com/Upper-Canyons-Rio-Grande-Terlingua/dp/1505923743.- HMoD
Your information is extremely valuable! Thank you! Sorry for making you rehash an already well documented trip. I suppose I should have taken a bit more time on the forums... I will have to go back and read this in its entirety since it gets such high marks.How do you like your Alpacka raft? I've always thought those things are so cool. You can really lug those in to some awesome places.
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