i did the Escalente route in september 2007, it was hell hot!
i did clog my brand new katadyn Hiker cartridge with the muddy water down tanner.
So i had to run, i spend a night only before to get off at the New Hence terminus, i was a bit dehydrated.
Filter broke because of the very high level of sediment into the water, so i had enventuelly to drink "brown water", it was 98°F, i was sick for 10 day, no giardia but very bad fore sure.
I will do that route again in mid december ending up at Grand view this time, i will bring Alum , that's what rafters use to get rid of the sediment fast.
I wonder how cold can it be down the river in mid december?