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Old 10-07-2006   #11
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I had a question about this run and didn't want to start a new thread.

I've been reading about the put-in and it seems like most people put-in at Hwy 119. What about the river 4-5 miles above the highway? I was hoping to scout the run for next season but didn't realize most of it was below the highway. I drove up to Moffat and most of the river above Hwy 119 looked slow but there looked to be a couple sections that would be fun and one that would be huge. There is a culvert that goes under the road and comes out into a sweet looking rapid with maybe a couple nast holes. Has/does anyone boat this section? The pipe looked big but I have no idea what it would look like with a boatable amount of water.

Thanks for any input.


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Old 10-07-2006   #12
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I don't know about the pipe. I've talked to people who have done it and the general consensus was that there was one sketchy IV+ and rest was just high speed floating. They said they wouldn't do it again. I've never personally looked above the standard put-in but if I can get ahold of these guys, I'll get more details and post.


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Old 10-10-2006   #13
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Most of the mileage above Alto-Alto is no good. Private land, flatwater and fences. The pipe drop is a good park and huck that you can combine with an Alto-Alto trip. I ran it a couple times this summer at 300-450. Its good to go but not totally straightforward. You need to stay right out of the pipe or you end up in a weird recirculating eddy, and you definitely don't want to go into the lower part of the rapid upside down. I'd say IV+ to V- depending on flow. Worth paddling if you are up there.

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two years ago we ran from the East Portal tunnel down. It turned out the water was crankin. I don't remember the flow but when we got home it was in the aqua or white on the flows page. The culvert tunnel was sweet it felt like a giant hand pushed me for some serious downtime. The water was so cold I had to look down to see if I was still holding my paddle
(seriously) . Wear pogies. There are a few fun diversion dams or something and a few fences and wood. We walked a few and ran a few. But some of the diversion dams were fan a pretty big. If the wood was cleaned it would be a good change of pace.

Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there..... GD
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