Originally Posted by JonEtters
wondering what people think about trying to row a 14' or 16' whitewater cataraft from the mouth of the Colorado River along the East Coast
of the Baja
Peninsula, as far south as La Paz
or Cabo... most likely during the winter months after hurricane
season. Thoughts or opinions?
This is do-able, Jon, but I agree with those who question your choice of craft. Were you thinking of using the Cataraft because you already have one?
The straight-line distance from what's left of the Colorado as it trickles into the Sea of Cortez
, to Cabo, is at least 600 miles, and the distance you would have to cover as you make your way down the coast will be a fair bit farther than that. But if you're a fit, experienced kayaker (a much better choice of vessel for such a voyage, IMO) and you have plenty of time for the trip, I don't see why you couldn't do it.
Accomodations along your proposed route
will be sparse, at best, but if you provision well before you set out, then re-provision at every opportunity, you should be OK. There are at least a couple of kayaking outfits based in Loreto, so if you hook up with them when you get that far, they should be able to help with any needed repairs
, provisions, medical
If you can do this in company with at least one other experienced paddler, I think it will make for a safer adventure. With the right person, it will also enhance the experience. Of course, with the wrong person, it will ruin the entire trip. Only you know who the right person might be.
Overall, I think it sounds like an awesome undertaking. If I were about forty years younger, I'd be happy to throw in with you. Best of luck with your "incredible voyage."
PS: Here's a link to an interesting account of a pair of paddlers who crossed the Sea of Cortez
at the Midriff Islands area: