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September, 2011

Gates of Lodore on the Green River

Heading towards the Gates of Lodore on the Green River.

Headed Towards the Gates of Lodore

This was a really fun summer trip on the Green River through the Canyon of Lodore.  This was just after launching and we are still in the flats headed toward the Gates.  This is one of my favorite rivers because of the low volume and technical nature of it.  It’s really fun to be able to truly navigate a river around the bends, eddies, rocks, currents, etc.  It reminds me a great deal of the Arkansas River in Bunea Vista, CO, where I spent most of my river time…

Mid way through, the Yampa River joins it in Echo Park and increases the volume.  You can drive into Echo Park and camp, hike, climb, etc, but floating through it is the best.  On Steamboat Rock, you can see some old climbing gear (webbing mostly) hanging about halfway up that is rumored to belong to Layton Kor, but who knows.  Maybe he can confirm?

Grand Canyon Calm

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon nearing the end of a long day.

Colorado River in the Grand Canyon nearing the end of a long day.

I remember this moment really well. We were camping after what was always a long day on the river and where we were camping there wasn’t much beach.  Just one small soft, sandy spot that a couple people grabbed right away.  But that’s ok, they didn’t have quite this view. Anyway, so a bunch of us found some rocky ledges above the waterline to settle into.   The rocks were perfect for setting a thermarest into and having a very nice place to recline and watch the evening drift by.

We had broken up into different group for meals and my partner, Ed, had cooked a really good dinner and was mixing up the just-add-water cheese cake pie.  This was one of those luxuries that is easily overlooked.  You would NEVER get boxed, just-add-water cheese cake pie at home, but on a long river trip, it was HEAVEN and we easily made everyone else envious.

It was a good day! (as they all were)

The Colorado River Is Drying Up – Great info graphic on the Colorado River Compact.

The Colorado River compact is a complex legal agreement set in place years ago. The information and link below is good information that helps to simplify it and make it a bit more clear.

The Colorado River is the source of water for most of the southwest and southern California. All those states have to share the water from the river, and a complex set of agreements known as the Law of the River governs how much water they can take in a given year. Over at Grist, they’re doing a large series on the health of America’s rivers. For a piece on the Colorado River, we worked together on this infographic, in partnership with New Belgium Brewery, to see which states are closing in on their limits. With populations growing, the remaining water could disappear fast.

Click here to view the infographic in a larger size.

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