Total Solar Eclipse: This rare event occurs when (a) moon appears in the sky far enough up that it appears to be the same size or larger than the sun and (b) it passes exactly in front of the sun and blocks out all light for a short period of time. Viewers must be in the path of the totality in order to experience the sun grow dark.
Totality: When the moon completely blocks out the sun and the sun's corona and solar flares are be visible. The length of totality (amount of time the moon blocks out the sun) depends on your exact geographic location.
- In Stanley, Idaho the totality will be 2 minutes and 13 seconds
- At Boundary Creek the totality will be 1 minute and 37 seconds
- At Sheepeater Hot Springs the totality will be 55 seconds
- The northern edge of totality will be at Artillery Rapid (River Mile 17)
If you are downstream (north) of Artillery Rapid you will still experience a partial solar eclipse.
Our August 20th Trip on the Middle Fork
In order to experience the totality, we are planning to launch our August 20th Middle Fork trip at Boundary Creek. We are planning to float about 10 miles north of Boundary Creek in order to best experience the totality.
This last trip of the season is going to have a wonderfully remote feel to it. The upper part of the Middle Fork has wonderful hot springs and great fishing in August.
Dressing comfortably and fashionably for overnight river trips requires a little advance planning. You will need clothes to wear on the river and in camp. On the River 2+ Shorts or Swimsuits 2+ Shirts Lightweight Wool or Polypro Shirt River Shoes or River Sandals Hat for Sun Protection Sunscreen & Lip Balm Water Bottle Sunglasses with Strap Bandana River Clothes: For your daytime river outfit, you'll want quick-drying clothes so that you don't feel soggy all day. Wearing shorts with a lightweight long or short-sleeved shirt...
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