Welcome to our
'organizing the trip' web site.
Please let me know if you have things to add or want changed.
Latest Status of the trip listed in reverse chronological order...
Great Trip and Great Group!!! Thanks for
being such good team members.
Canyon REO Menu and
Recipes we used on the trip.
Holly and Emily
and sing our trip rafting song
the Middle with You'
Here are our links to our photos and logs.
Email links to Tom S and
he will post them.
Begin of Photos and Logs
David's sky video
David's running the rapids
anaglyph (red/blue) version of his 44 minute 3D video on
you tube. Note you need
red blue 3D glasses. A 3D side_by_side and a 2D version are
also available on his web site.
Tom S Grand Canyon Raft Photo Slideshows and Trip Log
Amy swims Lava Falls
Driving thru the night to Cedar City, UT
Day 0 thru Day 5
Day 6 thru Day 9
Day 10 thru Day 13
Day 14 thru Day 17
Day 18 thru Day 21
Day 22 thru Day 24
March 14 Monday Tom T drives down from Seattle has Pork and
Sauerkraut dinner with Laura and Tom S. Leave after 7pm and drive
thru the night. Drive thru a snow storm on Santiam Pass but clear
the rest of the way down to Cedar City.
March 15 Tuesday Arrive at hotel in Cedar City around noon, hike a
peak in Three Peaks Park and drive up to Cedar Breaks National
Monument in the snow at 10,000 feet.
March 16 Wednesday Drive to Lee’s Ferry arriving at 9:30am, hike a
third of the way up Spenser Trail, everyone else arrives at 1:15pm
and begin rigging rafts with Michelle from Canyon REO. 21 of us for
dinner at Marble Canyon Lodge. Heidi’s sister Amy surprised us with
a visit from Durango.
Day 1 March 17 Thursday St. Pat's Day and launch day. 2 National
Park Rangers show up at 9:20am for inspecting our equipment and then
go watch video in ranger station. Launch at 11:15am. Camp at Soap
Creek Mile 11.3.
Day 2 March 18 Friday Hiked Soap Creek Canyon for a couple hours
before taking off. Short hike up Rider Canyon then ran House Rock
rapids. Boat was tilted but no flip or losing anybody. Camp at House
Rock Mile 17.2.
Day 3 March 19 Saturday Hiked up North Canyon in the morning.
Roaring 20's rapids today, lateral wave filled front of the boat on
Gerogie rapid. Got stuck for 20 minutes on rocks at Mile 27 rapid.
Camp at Shinumo Wash Mile 29.5. Heidi and Travis flip in IK on
Day 4 March 20 Sunday Perry, Natalie, Heidi, Holly and Travis do
Silver Grotto. Very cold Pools. Used electric filter at Vasey's
Paradise and it worked great. Lunch At Redwall Cavern. Short hike up
National Canyon with most people. Camp at Tatahatso Mile 37.9.
Day 5 March 21 Monday Morning hike up Redbud Canyon (Brower's Bower)
Mile 39.3. Travis proposes to Heidi there. Camp at Lower Saddle
Canyon Mile 47.6. Hiked up canyon before dinner.
Day 6 March 22 Tuesday Windy night and day. Very hard rowing. Holly,
Heidi, Travis, Natalie and Perry do Nankoweap granary. Camp Opposite
Mlgosa Mile 58.1. Tough dinner of pork chops and dutch oven in the
wind and sand. Everyone goes to bed in tent early.
Day 7 March 23 Wednesday Cold and breezy morning. Made good time,
stopped at Little Colorado, water still clear and did Unkar ruins.
Camp Upper Rattlesnake Mile 74.6.
Day 8 March 24 Thursday 4 big rapids today and no problems. Camp
Upper Cremation Mile 87.7. Iked over to Phantom Ranch and called
Laura and Matt (for his birthday).
Day 9 March 25 Friday Mailed postcards at Phantom Ranch and had
lemonade. Natalie, Pat and Travis hike out and Julian, Amy and Colin
hike in. Monica and Cathy camp at Phantom Ranch campground. Did two
major rapids Horn Creek and Granite. Camp Hermit Creek before rapids
Day 10 March 26 Saturday Hiked up Hermit Creek to backpack
campground. Ran Hermit rapid. Camp Upper Crystal Mle 98.7. Did
Crystal Creek hike.
Day 11 March 27 Sunday Covered 22 miles, bent oar lock when I hit
the wall on a left run of Crystal. Did Elves Chasm. Camp Mile 120.
Day 12 March 28 Monday Filled water bottles from Colorado. Short
hike up Blacktail Canyon. Trouble with Bedrock rapid, Tim goes first
and ends going left but does punch thru left chute. Perry flips IK
on left side then gets on Holly's raft that ran left too. They flip
too, Perry climbs on Bedrock island and Holly and Heidi swim rapid.
Emily get thru left left channel fine too. Tom T is the only one to
make it right. Tom S pins rafts on Bedrock trying to pull right.
Perry helps Ann get onto Bedrock. Bo and Tom S stay with raft which
fills the front with water then takes off and flips right away. Bo
and Tom S get sucked into left chute and spend some time under water
but both come up fine. Tom S loses hat, Strauch flag, umbrella and
two chairs. Camp Below Bedrock Mile 131.7.
Day 13 March 29 Tuesday Hike to Thunder River and back in 4 1/2
hours. Camp Above Owl Eyes Mile 134.8.
Day 14 March 30 Wednesday Stop at Christmas Tree cave, Deer Creek
Canyon and Matkatamiba. Camp Below Matkat Mile 148.9.
Day 15 March 31 Thursday Hike a couple hours at Havasu. Perry and
Heidi hike to Beaver Falls and IK back to Camp Mile 158.7.
Day 16 April 1 Friday Hike Fern Glen Canyon. Camp Mohawk Mile 172.1.
Day 17 April 2 Saturday Layover day 5 hour hike up Mohawk Canyon.
Day 18 Apil 3 Sunday Hike Cove Canyon, lunch at Lava, run Lava. Amy
and Julian gte knocked out, Amy swims Lava Falls and Julian hangs on
to the raft. Herb get knocked out but then knocked back in by
another wave. Camp Whitmore Wash Mile 188.4.
Day 19 April 4 Monday Hike to pictographs from camp. Camp Granite
Park Mile 209.1.
Day 20 April 5 Tuesday Hike in morning up 600 feet from camp. Lunch
at Pumpkin Springs. Camp Mile 222.2.
Day 21 April 6 Wednesday Hike up dry creek bed at camp. Stop at
Travertime Falls. Camp Separation Canyon Mile 239.8.
Day 22 April 7 Thursday 2 hr hike up flat Separation Canyon. Short
hike up Surprise Canyon. Camp Mile 253 (no marked campsite)
Day 23 April 8 Friday Rain all day, lunch on the boat. Camp Mile
279. Nice group chat and Tim and Tom S presented new Strauch flag.
Day 24 April 9 Saturday Take out at Pearce Ferry in the rain and it
is very messy and muddy while derigging. Tim and Holly check out
Pearce Ferry rapid and it looks bad again. Canyon REO shows up with
truck and shuttled cars at 10:45am. Load up gear in truck. Good
fried chicken lunch. Everybody heads out by noon. Great Trip!!! Tom
T and Tom S drive straight to Salem and get in at 5:30am Sunday
End of Photos and Logs
final final Plan (PDF).
Colin is replacing Dennis for the second half trip and our trip is
still full. The chore assignments will just replace Dennis's
name spots with Colin's name.
Tim's final Plan (PDF).
River levels for the Grand Canyon.
Menu plus Chore Assignments
(PDF) for our trip.
Please fill out our doctor Ann's
medical form (PDF) and email back to her at
01/11/2016 Tim's latest
Finalized NPS River Trip Permit and
the NPS River
12/14/2015 Added Bonnie Ludka, a friend of
Natalie's, to the wait list.
12/09/2015 The trip is full again after
adding Natalie and Pat to the first half and Dennis to the second
half. David sent in our finalized permit to the Park Service
so we should be all set for the trip.
11/18/2015 Tim's latest
Plan (PDF); Tom sent out
email Questionnaire with our Full Menu
(PDF) plus Canyon REO Menu Planner
(PDF) which is used to work up the menu; Please respond to the
questionnaire in a week.
09/21/2015 Added Julian (second half), Amy
(second half) and Travis (first half) to the trip and now
Cynthia is going on the first half; We now have a full committed
trip; Tim's latest Plan (PDF); Check out
Caroly's blog from the Grand Canyon trip Tim just completed.
Canyon REO sent us this info:
This is a list of our favorite books, maps and guides for the
Canyon. You may be able to find them locally or online, but we would
be glad to mail you copies as well. Just let me know.
Grand Canyon Almanac (PDF)
“A compilation of monthly sunrise & sunset times for campsites &
cool places in the Grand Canyon.”
NPS-2011Campsite List (PDF)
Supplied by the National Park Service, this is a list of campsites
referenced by river mile and also cross referenced to both the
Martin/Whitis and Belknap guides (see our reading list)
If you click the tab at the top of the page titled “GPS Waypoints”
you can download the RiverMaps GPS waypoints for the Colorado River
to your GPS device. Waypoint files presented here include mileage,
campsites, rapids, and other points of interest with positions that
correspond to the Whitis/Martin guidebooks (see our reading list).
You may have to also upload the most recent drivers for your device.
Give me a shout if you have any questions.
If you are planning on staying in Flagstaff before &/or after your
trip, you may want to make your hotel reservations now. Flagstaff
often has festivals or college events and some of the hotels do get
booked to capacity. Page 18 of the Trip Leader’s Handbook (sent with
your sign-up confirmation) has some information on lodging that you
will want to check out. The Aspen Inn Suites (928-774-7356) will
give you a discount if you tell them you are on a Canyon REO trip.
06/14/2015 Added Perry, Heidi's Dad, to
06/13/2015 Tim's First Draft Grand Canyon
Mile Planner (PDF)
06/04/2015 Tim's updated
plan (PDF) and added Rosemary to
Canyon REO Trip Leader
Handbook (PDF) and their 13
05/20/2015 Added Emily as our 5 boat
person so all 5 boats are covered.
Our initial plan (PDF) for our trip
done up by Tim.
David Trowbridge wins our lottery trip and he is the only one
out of 12 of us putting in the lottery.
Thursday March 17
Tim Strauch, Trip Leader and Boatman 18
Tom Strauch, Boatman 18 foot raft and
David Trowbridge, Lottery Winner this
, Boatman 18 foot raft
Holly Strauch, Boatwoman 18 foot raft
Boatwoman 18 foot raft
Natalie Leroux-Lindsey, first
half of trip
Pat Funk, first half
Travis Dever, first
half of trip
second half of trip
Amy Trowbridge, second
half of trip
second half of trip