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Old 06-30-2008   #1
Coloma, California
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2 Fun vs. H3

Hi, I am a class 4- boater from CA going out to Salida , Co over the Fourth for five days. I was planning a mountain biking/play boating/river running trip. However, the Arkansas is at a high level, corrrect? So, I need to know whether to take my 2 Fun or H3: river runner/play boat or the creek boat. Is there any good play in the play parks along the Arkansas at the current flows? I could also just do class 3 or so with the 2 Fun and enjoy the natural play and river running. Or, should I take advantage of the higher water and do class 4 with the H3 and then not partake in any play park action?

I am looking for advice, so any comments would be helpful. Also, any ideas on good mountian biking in the area would be welcome as well.

Thank you from a first-time thread starter.

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Old 06-30-2008   #2
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Bring both!! Guessing that helps little but that would be optimal. If you do have to decide I would base it on what you want to do more of, river running or play boating. With the 2 Fun I bet Browns/Fractions would still be fun as long as you have a strong roll, then the town spots from what I hear have been awesome too so you can both playboat and do some down river runs. And I know a lot of people still in their playboat's in #'s and the royal gorge right now, its all about what your comfortable with.

I believe you will not be disappointed either way and yes it is a great (big) flow right now.

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Old 06-30-2008   #3
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It depends on what you prefer to do. If you prefer play...Salida and BV parks are going off and Brown's Canyon offers truely epic play. If you prefer high-speed hole punching, then bring the H3 for Granite through the Numbers (which is probably IV+ at current levels). If you like to be gripped, then try Numbers in the play boat at current levels, although probably NR for a Class IV- boater.

If it were me: Bring the H3 on the off chance that you get to run some of the solid arky IV. You can always demo a playboat from CKS in Buena Vista for Browns or the kayak parks.
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Old 06-30-2008   #4
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Thanks for the information on the boat choice - it is greatly appreciated. I think the Fun will be going with me - it's more versatile.
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