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Greeting Big Benders!First trip coming up in a couple weeks and I would like to know how realistic this plan is. The Boyfriend and I would like to do one full day of hiking (South Rim) and then on the other full day, do some canoeing in Santa Elena Canyon (if the water flow is right). Assuming that it is practical to think we can paddle upstream, then float back down (which is what was suggested by an outfitter since it's hard to get a shuttle for just a day trup) this is what we had in mind:8am: Leave Chisos Basin and head to Terelinga where the outfitters are located9am: Arrive at outfitter, rent canoe, load it and head down to the canyon11 to 3pm: Drop canoe in water, paddle upstream for an hour or two. Eat lunch and take pics. Float back downstream to car3pm: Load up canoe and drive back to Terelingua taking the scenic drive and stop to look around along the way4:30 to 5: Return Canoe and head back the BasinIs this a good idea or will we not really get to experience the canyon on this short of a trip? We don't really have the gear for an overnight float trip, and would rather spend the time hiking the South Rim on the other day. additionally, we're trying to avoid paying a hundred or so extra dollars on a shuttle. Trying to decide if this will be a better experience than just spending the day driving the scenic road down to Santa Elena and hiking around there.
I don't know how regular this problem is but I talked to one person who did this round trip in Santa Elena and had a hard time getting out of the canyon because of the strong winds blowing him back upstream with little to no help from the current.
Quote from: kevint on March 19, 2014, 03:53:15 PMI don't know how regular this problem is but I talked to one person who did this round trip in Santa Elena and had a hard time getting out of the canyon because of the strong winds blowing him back upstream with little to no help from the current.Hmm...That is something to think about. But would the water be shallow enough where I could hop out and push, if it came to that?
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