packrafting: float the escalante river

Let's raft/hike the Escalante River from Fence Canyon to Crack in the Wall. The Escalante River is a very isolated, flat water creek in the Colorado Plateau. It has been done using glorified pool toys; I'm stepping up to a $70 inflatable kayak. This trip will require a second vehicle, preferably one with high clearance. I can stuff 7 people into my vehicle if necessary. The water level is highly variable, but April seems to have the highest historical flows. The trip: The Escalante River (more a creek than a river) is very isolated; there may be no bail-out points. You should be self-sufficient and be comfortable with uncertainty. This stretch of river meanders (literally) among big Mesozoic sandstone cliffs. We may be able to find cliff dwellings and rock art. To get a flavor of the trip, see http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/25/floating-the-river-of-life/ To prepare for the trip, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egMWlD3fLJ8 The logistics: Thu: Drive to the Fence Canyon trailhead SE of the town of Escalante. Camp. Fri: Shuttle a vehicle to the Crack in the Wall trailhead. Return and hike 3 miles to the river. With luck, we can drift for the next 3 days. With very low flows, it may be more creek walking. The time of the trip will depend on the flow and on people's preferences. Sun(?): Exit via Crack in the Wall. Hike 3 miles to shuttle vehicle. Recover other vehicle(s) & return to SLC. Difficulty: NTD-MOD

Level:Flat Water
Miles:40.0
Vertical:800'
Organizer:Rob Woerner
Phone:831-431-3263
Date:Thu Apr 19 2018 — Sun Apr 22 2018
Meeting Place:Registration required