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Location: Rocky Mountains
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Latest Activity: Jan 17, 2013

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One of our freshwater sponges from Rock Lake

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Rock Lake Survey

Started by George K. Watson. Last reply by George K. Watson Jan 23, 2012. 15 Replies

Gas Blender Class

Started by Michael S. Hagan. Last reply by George K. Watson Jul 15, 2011. 1 Reply

Hose Lengths

Started by Jay Soucy. Last reply by Jay Soucy Mar 29, 2010. 4 Replies

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Comment by Michael Shell on December 19, 2011 at 1:45pm

Hey Rock Lake divers, I am diving strictly sidemount and have some gear to sell:  double 85's with bands and mannifold and filled with 25:25, SS backplate and double wing.  Let me know if anyone is interested. 

Comment by George K. Watson on November 17, 2011 at 6:21pm

Because we are curious - 

As all know, we have spent a good deal of the last few years exploring the unique feature known as Rock Lake in New Mexico. We have begun a 3D map, had geologic samples collected and analyzed and now - we have a mention in Scientific American by one of our very own:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/2011/11/17/sponge...

Note that I did not actually take these pictures, they are courtesy of Burt Ericsson who took them at my behest to attempt to get an identification.

Comment by George K. Watson on October 17, 2011 at 7:07am
Great   weekend diving at RL. Congratulations to Ron Tackett on finishing Tech-1! It's always good when I can squeeze backmount, UTD-MX rebreather and UTD Z-system diving into a single trip. Thanks to Henrick, Jay, Ron, James, Jason and Justin!
Comment by Jay Soucy on September 30, 2011 at 6:30pm
->GW...I'll need to blend some 32% over the course of the weekend.
Comment by George K. Watson on September 30, 2011 at 10:41am
Third weekend in October is on for Rock Lake. Let me know if any of you need fills as I need to organize a gas buy with OFD.
Comment by Rick D Nelson on August 29, 2011 at 9:32am

Hi all!  Sorry, was delayed in getting to this forum.  Yes, I have a houseboat on Lake Powell, but it is at Bullfrog Marina.  That is about 100 "water miles" up the lake.  I would guess it is a several hundred mile trip by car, due to a lack of a direct route.

 

I have dived there, but only once.  The vis was okay (by Colorado standards: 25-40 ft) but I didn't go deep.  Around 40' max (I was diving solo). 

 

The owner of Divers Reef here in Colo Spgs dives out of Page often (he has inlaws who live in the Page area).  He just loads up a bunch of shop tanks, since he has access to them. 

 

I bought a small 3.5 cubic-foot gasoline powered compressor specifically to use for diving at Powell.  I haven't even set it up, since I get free air fills at Divers Reef.  Due to lack of a dive buddy, my diving there has been limited, and I have a set of doubles, and 5 AL-80s plus a small pony that are plenty for me at this time.

I would be up to scheduling a week on the Houseboat (out of Bullfrog), but not this fall.  I'm scheduled for a total hip replacement surgery in October, and suspect I'll not be diving the rest of this year.

I can add that I have been down there in Oct, and the weather has been beautiful, and I've also been down there in Oct when it rained constantly, and I wore long underwear and a down coat under my uniform when on patrol (open boat) and we took turns standing in front of the only cat heater on the houseboat (since removed) to try and warm up.  It sounds like you're planning on staying in a hotel in the Page area, so that wouldn't be as much of a problem.  At that time, we didn't have the new cold weather gear now available.  Wet and cold with no place to get warm is not fun.

Comment by David Morris on August 27, 2011 at 7:21pm

I just found out that Twin Fins no longer fills tanks in Page.  I think that we need to find a portable compressor.

A house boat would be the ultimate way to go on Powell. Does Rick know we are commandeering his boat? 

Comment by James Williams on August 26, 2011 at 12:59pm
Google maps shows it to be an 11 hour drive. Give me a 3 day weekend and I'm game!
Comment by Justin Daniels on August 26, 2011 at 10:08am
Rick Nelson has a house boat on lake powell and has a ton of experience with this site.
Comment by Geoff on August 26, 2011 at 10:02am
A touch north of Page, AZ. Probably a closer drive for you than coming up to Leadville.

Im game.
 

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