No to so long ago, if you wanted to kayak down the Colorado Grand Canyon, you had to sign up to a 12-year waiting list.~
The internet has made it much easier to get access.An annual digital lottery allocates the different trip permits. You still have to be one of the lucky ones.~
Far from being addicted to games of chance, I played for three years. And Bingo!~
The 17th of February 2019 will be the day we embark. Departing from Lees Ferry for 12 days far from civilisation and mod cons, living at river pace, enclosed between two walls. ~
With 15 places available on my permit, childhood and long-standing friends joined me on the trip.~
After having gone through at length the regulations that govern navigation and bivouacking in Colorado, the team is quickly brought up to speed by the Ranger, who takes the time to explain these in person… The major point is having to use of a "poo box"! "Living without a trace" is the rule number one. So on top of filtering dish water and covering the site where we pitch up with mats (so as not to leave a crumb or charcoal), we will relieve ourselves in a box, stored on our raft until we leave the canyon.~
It seems restrictive. But a quick panoramic view of what surrounds us, reminds us of how fragile and unique the ecosystem we are making our way through is. And, given the quality of the bivouacking areas, despite the passage of hundreds of individuals during high season, it seems worthwhile.
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