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Old 08-27-2008   #21
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U Taos Box 1800
Barrel 13,000
Gore countless times between 2000 and 4000
Gore 4800
Homestake 275
Gilman 1300
Pinos overnighter
Upper S Fork White
Bull Lake Creek

Still to come:
Gore until its too damn cold
N Fork Payette
SE trip?

Then skiing!

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Old 08-27-2008   #22
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I had the chance to row the Dolores at 2,000 and the Upper Taylor at 600. Both were firsts for me and were a great time!

Also on the Dolores trip I had the chance to meet some really cool people I met on this forum. Takemetotheriver, Boaterbri, Hopefloats, Grif, and others made for a great overnight river crowd. Thanks to the buzz for helping us boaters find beta on new rivers and meet great new friends!

My river season isn't over yet though. Still have some Cataract and Gauley to hit up!!!

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Old 08-27-2008   #23
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how was upper s. fk. white?
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Old 08-27-2008   #24
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March Westwater Canyon
Warm up play in cold water
Paddling with good friends

Raging Arkansas
Pine Creek, Numbers, Browns Canyon
But missed the Royal Gorge

After work Clear Creek
Wishing that one quarter mile
Was slightly longer

Foxton the snoozer
With 900 cfs
Is hell of more fun

Endless ocean wave
Stationary glass face
The Glenwood Springs wave.

Virgin Stevens down
Four feet of play on the rock
Now what’s the big deal?

First time Slaugherhouse
Round boulders and a small falls

Primero Bailey
Unforgettable canyon
How bout’ dem sammies!

Elk River at Flood
A joyous Class III wavetrain
Thanks to the Steamboaters

Cheers to the boaters
Floaters that I met this year
See you on the river!
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Old 08-27-2008   #25
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lets see, what can i say, it was awesome lots of fun, as there always should be
escalante at a great fun, flow,
gore at 4800 wondering what that was like (amazing),
NSV fun depite the inevitable carnage and many many wood portages,
CB triple crown at a decent flow, no east though,
homestake at 300,
gilman until july 15th,
vallecito (goddamn if you have the ability get in there it is otherworldly)
big south personal 1st d with some carn and some incredible life-giving lines
those are what I can think of as far as highlights for the year for me. I am so stoked on who I got to paddle with this year and a little bummed that there are some who I didn't but hey we still have many a gore laps to be had. it was great fun and I am already hoping for lost of rain/snow this fall.
see you all out there
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Old 08-27-2008   #26
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I can't decide- everything was equally highlighted-

Dolores at 1000
Dolores at 2000
Salt at 3600 in February- Quartzite scary at that level
Salt at 1700 in March
Westy launch in March with 20 other boats including Dorys and Creature Crafts-crazy
My first dump truck right here at home in Corner Pocket at 4600. (before it blew out)
Longest overnighter so far- 8 days on Deso/Gray
Lower Taos Box at 2000
Rockwood Box in a paddle boat

And I met tons of cool boaters- no one I wouldn't love to boat with again.

But I don't think my season is anywhere near over...
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Old 08-28-2008   #27
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This was my first 'real' season boating and thus easily the best! Started out --
  • running waterton at 1000+ and got an off-side combat roll that shocked and rocked me above the green bridge.
  • Ran lower cc about 8 times with varying results, most very good, including a rodeo ride in the elbow hole.
  • 4 end of season trips down lower water black rock with my good friend Ture and the front range freedom fighters, surviving rigo 3 out of the 4 times, putting a nice week-long smile on my face.
  • slaughterhause 3 times (kept going back cause it was sooo good), meeting some Aspen locals who were kind enough to show me the ropes.
  • end of season, early morning numbers run followed by a day with friends on browns.
carnage --
  • Went down bailey early season -- swam maybe 5 times, loosing my paddle on the first of the bunch and then breaking my friends 300 dollar breakdown on the last of the bunch. That was a tough introduction to the financial side of boating as all of my gear had cost 350 at that point.
  • getting stuck in black rock undercut and having a difficult swim that resulted in one boat and one paddle (from Roy the rescuer) going down river without repsective owners. Smiley Joe in his pink jackson saved all the gear and quoted, well, "its class V mate -- what do you expect?" Classic and humbling at the same time.
  • and the most humbling of all going through zume flume upside down with around 8 roll attempts. About 40 people watched as I got my a** kicked in class III. The best part, I was racing ahead to set up safety for the rest of our group. Got a nice golf ball on the side of my face for a week on that one and lost my cocky butt sunglasses cause I was so bleepin cool.
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Old 08-28-2008   #28
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the Box
adrenaline falls
solo run on OBJ at highwater

running the bottom of Harmon upside down
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Old 08-28-2008   #29
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Highlights- Going to california and seeing what this fabled bedrock stuff is all about.

Teaching a lot of kayak lessons which unlike some I really enjoy doing

Paddling with my brother on bailey at 600

Lowlights- Slipping while getting out of my boat to scout during a high water south silver run, and knocking it into the river. It ran the teacups, skyscraper, and offramp solo before pinning in a cave below off ramp, needless to say the boat didn't make it

Taking a stupid swim on the N. Fork of the american that led to a sketchy hike out and a couple unintentional nights alone in the canyon with only my paddling gear. It was a lowlight while it was happening, but it taught me a lot about being prepared, because I was probably the furthest from prepared when it happened.
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Old 08-28-2008   #30
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'08 has been rad.

personal firsts on escalante, obj, daisy.
got some high water on castle **** & slaughter puss
great overnighters on the salt, dolores, & upper A

arkansas drainage was great. ran clear creek ark enough times to break a boat. new personal minimum flow is 400 cfs in there. finally saw the upper lake creek. hucking cauldron was good on the lower. #s and piney are rad without any rocks, and ducking to get under scott's bridge. highlight of the ark season was getting to 2nd D the rarely flowing (rarely seen) spillway to waterfall out of clear creek reservoir.

the carnage...

1. skirt implosion at obj. i rolled up and got the fuck out of the boat before the next rapid.
2. my high water hole ride at tampax that ended in 2 chipped teeth & a swim.
3. the sketchiest moment was watching my boat get sucked off of me and underneath the strainer i couldn't work off of on upper lake creek. luckily my homie Hunter was right there to give me the old Hand of God.

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