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rowenaman



Joined: 18 Apr 2000
Posts: 62
Location: Da Gorge

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if the river has more chill than normal given the epic snow pack? Of course, we always have snow melt in the spring. I jumped in to start the season late April at Doug's with my 4/3 steamer and a layer of polypro underneath. Damn! - colder then I remember in past years at the same time. I think the river was around 51-52 degrees. Of course, do we get less cold tolerant as we age? How the heck did I get close to 50 already??? Seems 10 years ago, I would jump in at least a month earlier and barely notice the chill. Now I even wear a hood in the spring. Guess that's called a little humility. Wink
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bobgatpdx1



Joined: 13 Oct 2002
Posts: 384

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The river is a couple degrees cooler than the 10 year average temp for this date (should be 58F by now). I find the sunshine factor makes a huge difference. A 60F cloudy day seems much cooler than a 60F sunny day.

I'm a big fan of layers. Right now I'm wearing:
- polypro long underwear
- Exo long sleeve shirt
- ProMotion 5/3 wetsuit
- ProMotion Hooded Vest
- 5mm booties

With this setup, I'm toasty warm and don't mind falling in at all. I really hate being cold.

Of course, it'll sure be nice in mid-July when its shorty time!
bobg
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updraft



Joined: 30 Aug 2000
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bobgatpdx1 wrote:

- polypro long underwear
- Exo long sleeve shirt
- ProMotion 5/3 wetsuit
- ProMotion Hooded Vest
- 5mm booties


I thought *I* wore a lot, but I'm very comfortable in a leaky old neoprene dry suit and an impact vest even on cool mornings. I lay in the swell comfortably for many minutes Thursday adjusting my harness line lengths, and take my breaks wherever I happen to fall when out of breath.

But we're all polar bears compared to two people I saw wearing dry suits, thick booties, neoprene gloves, and neoprene hoods ... in midsummer ... one at 100 degrees in the Gorge and one on Maui.

\m/
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danz1g



Joined: 26 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

went without boots today no problem, I don't have a 4/3 so stuck with the 5/4/3 Excel, not quite warm enough for the 3/2 just yet with the amount of time I spend down in the water!
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