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Old 08-25-2008   #11
Golden, Colorado
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2nd season boating...

Getting surfed in Pine Creek during paddlefest with Count and others
Running Cataract early spring (i.e. still low water )
Early season run on Upper Blue, where the water wouldn't make it to our hands, as it was freezing to our paddles too quickly
and of course this week running Rigor Mortis upside down... (at low water)

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Old 08-25-2008   #12
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Back at ya Count!!

I'll say for me the master plan of moving to Lyons has paid off this year.
Not any new runs and not as many as I'd like but SSV and I had a great relationship this year.
One of the greatest rivers of all time.
More Gore and Poudre
As always, met a ton of new boating friends and spent great time with some old ones.

Paddle hard and paddle well!!
I've got more Gore in me this year........Maybe even this week??!!??

Go Dawgs!!!
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Old 08-25-2008   #13
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Cali, Cali, Cali. I need to get back there soon. Middle fork of the Kaweah, South Silver at 200%, great shit.
Unfortunately not much new in state, did get to hit up Escalante at super high flows and ended my season of creeking with a Big South Triple Crown. Can't go wrong with that.
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Old 08-25-2008   #14
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Always a good thread. It was nice to expand my Colorado-centric paddling world with a trip out to Washington & Oregon. Highlights were Green Truss and Canyon Creek.

The theme for me this year was high (for me) water runs. I had great fun on Pine Creek & Numbers at almost 3k, the Royal Gorge at 4200, & CC of the Ark at high water. Escalante at high water made a good run even better. Not a lot of new runs in Colorado for me, but did manage to get in Source of the Eagle with some rare high flows and Upper Fryingpan with some good water. I also took my first top to bottom run on the Big South, having only done the lower half last year. I also can't leave out the Big Thompson which had unprecedented flows this year, making for an extra Front Range bonus.

I was happy to keep the swim count for myself down to 1 innocous pull at the beginning of year into a nice big pool. But of course on the river I saw plenty of rolls, swims, and pins to keep things exciting. Met some new people, got to know some old people better, had a few takeout beers, and chips & salsa complements of deepsouth... what's not to like about kayaking. Gas money - I've forgotten all about it.

Still looking forward to Gore season. Been having dreams of an inagurual Black Canyon run but don't know if I'll get that in this year. Definitely a chill Westwater trip is in order. An international trip? Who knows...
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Old 08-25-2008   #15
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Ah, yes, forgot about the other highlights:

Watching Brian get worked in Pine Creek
Watching Brian get worked in Blackrock
Watching Brian get worked in Rigor
Eating icecream bought by Brian....

Damn good year.

Johnny, I give me a call. Booty beers don't count if I don't have the appropriate audience.

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"You only get one chance to run a drop blind."-DD
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Old 08-26-2008   #16
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Originally Posted by tj@cu View Post
watching Christian try to keep up


I was too busy this season waiting for you at the bottom of homestake, or waiting for you at the bottom of every rapid you portage, or waiting for you to get back in your boat after your countless swims. Stop talking shit that you can't back up you PUSSY!
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Old 08-26-2008   #17
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Yer Danrn Tootin'!

Don't get in as much as the hard shell folks, but it was great to say the least. Nalgas & toes near froze off starting WW in Feb, the early bird Dolores trip was awesome, Salt was about as good as it gets; great flows, high temps, full moon, and great people. After that winter, it was what everyone needed. 5 weeks of river work for UT F&W; paid to do Deso-that place is sweet. Yampa @ near-flood in Craig in flatbottoms was interesting. Barbarosa scared me poopless in duckies @ the secret spot near Pagosa (great day), Animas highflow was bouncy fun w/ a empty cat--surfascary, and wrapped up last month w/ Gates & nearly side flipped my 1st time right over top of Lucifer?, (the only big rock in the river) don't know how I got away with it. All in all, can't begin to describe the fun. Man I love this shit. Next year the eastern side. CU sometime for sure, K.
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My highlights were-

4600- North Fork with the boys
Tensleep creek
Deer Creek in Casper was awesome
Stomping all the big ones on the little white(main stove, main Island, Spirit, with the Boise bad boys
Middle Kings with the boys was the highlight of the year and best run in the world.
Watching Benny stomp a super heavy first D

Going for a life threatening swim and my worst ever, on my second lap of the SF of the Clearwater at 6g's

Living in Jackson during paddling season(have yet to sack up and go gayboating)

Nice job to the folks who got it done this year.
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Old 08-26-2008   #19
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2008 was sick for sure!!!
Heres the creeking we did (playboating doesn't really count)
2.Punchbowls falls eagle creek, OR
4 Rock Creek 50 ftr
5. Yule Creek
6. North and South Fork Crystal
7. something sik that i cannot disclose at the moment
We would have got more stout in but i was tackled and now have a separated shoulder, missed c-gorge, vallecito, and probably more, also gore.

check the blog for the updates roaring fork kayakers
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Old 08-27-2008   #20
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how about carrying your ass outta threthaway?
gore in the pirrauttes?

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