Navigating Desolation Gray on a Paddleboard

by Ken Driscoll June 15, 2013

Hello Everyone! I am new to the Glide Team. My name is Cami and I am studying Outdoor Recreation Management at Utah Valley University and I work in the Glide factory during summer and breaks.

Desolation Grey was my very first river trip I went on over 10 years ago. It was the trip that made me fall in love with whitewater. Two years ago I got hooked on stand up paddleboards when I saw them while I was working on the Provo River. This year I got the privilege to return to Desolation Grey on a stand up paddleboard.

We spent 5 days rafting and paddling 84 miles down the Green River. Weather was great, people were great, and of course the water was great! Or should I say the gnar gnar was stellar! ;)

I bought myself an inflatable board last year, which was a super fun board but I could tell I needed something with a little bit more of a design to it.  I tried out a hard shell paddleboard and I was quite pleased. The Lochsa provided!!

 
 
Everyone got a chance to try out the paddleboard. It quickly became the favorite vessel.
Tandem paddleboard acrobatics!

 

The ranger told us the water started at 10,000 cfs but would lower to about 8,500 cfs as the trip wore on. I SUPed through all of the rapids with the exception of Joe Hutch, Wire Fence and Three Fords. My favorite and cleanest run was Steer Ridge Rapid. It is a class III. Here's a video I took with my GoPro strapped to my PFD:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6zFNkJO2jo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

   



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