Tips for swimming river crossing.
Looking for tips for swimming river crossings. We are planning on a trip in Canyonlands park in Utah. We have done the loop before, but with small boats.
It involves crossing the river 3 times. Nothing longer then 1 mile in the water.
Yesterday we experimented with pulling a dry bag attached to a waist belt. This work well for us. I also tried using webbed silicon glove, which seemed nice. Another thing we tried was using our running vest and filling the water reservoirs in the front and back of the pack with air. This seemed a general benefit, despite the drag.
Water temp is expected to be 55-65 degrees,
Air Temp of 85-95 degrees.
Im interested in hearing what gear an experienced open water swimmer would use for this. The loop is 75 miles, and we will be running as much as possible, So looking to carry very little. But plan on the following,
Googles, swim cap, gloves or hand pulls, drybag with waist strap.
Thanks for you input, its exciting to explore a new sport.