GC2017 Trip Report [Day 22 | 5 February 2017]

River Day 22 marks our last full day on the river.

The day started out with one of our last “big” rapids [class 5]. It is sort of funny to think about– class 5 seemed massive the first day or so on the river, now they’re just “meh”. Interesting  how perspective and mindset can shift over the course of 22 days. The hole in Two Hundred Nine Mile Rapid is pretty big, and according to the river map book, it can flip a fully loaded 18-foot oar boat, but it’s a pretty easy hole to avoid.

This was probably the most relaxed everyone has been on the river this trip.

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We had a quick and uneventful stop at Pumpkin Spring– a warm, fetid, uninviting pool of water with a high concentration of arsenic that is shaped like a pumpkin.

A few of the team members had a blast jumping off a cliff right into the Colorado River. Some of my new friends are absolutely fearless and I love that about them!

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Aftin Mid Jump

And probably the funniest thing I witnessed the entire trip– Will decided to “rescue” a large tree that was stuck on a rock in the middle of the river. After lunch, with PBR in hand, he jumped into the Colorado River and swam to the rock. A lot of jumping, rocking, pushing and the tree was still stuck. Sensing backup was needed, Biggs hopped in the IK and went to help. Between the two of them, they managed to dislodge the tree. Instead of celebrating their “win” and calling it a day– Will hopped on the tree and rode it down the Colorado River for the next few miles. PBR still I hand, of course.

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The Rescued Log

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Our last and final camp of GC2017– Two Hundred Twenty-Four Mile Camp. I had totally forgotten that we stayed here during GC2015 as well. I was psyched because this camp had one of my favorite groover locations! #winning

Nick and I decided to end the trip the way we started– by camping out under the stars.

One last night of the most brilliant sky I’ve ever seen, one last night of watching the big dipper move across the sky, one last night of falling asleep to the sound of the Colorado River.

River Miles: 14.6 miles
Camp: Two Hundred Twenty-Four Mile [mile 223.7]

Water Flow: 10,000 – 14,000 cfs

Two Hundred Nine Mile [class 5]
Little Bastard [class 3]
Three Springs [class 2]
Two Hundred Seventeen Mile [class 5]
Trail Canyon Riffle [class 2]
Granite Spring [class 2]

Temperature: 40 – 66 deg F
Precipitation: 0.00 in
Wind: 3 – 7 mph, no gusts
Weather Event: N/A