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Old 07-10-2008   #1
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Animas self-support

Planning a self-support on the Upper Animas this weekend. Any recommendations, warnings or thoughts? Has anyone done such a trip and do you have campsite ideas other than the commercial raft camp spot at Needleton. The level is at Medium/Low right now.

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Depending on your goals, go in heavy with food and drink and start with a short day and a nice camp. Then do a liesurely day and make it all the way through most rapids. Camp again, then float a few miles and catch a train shuttle back to the top. This option does not include rockwood. The only hard rapid is no name. I've not seen it since it changed last fall, but if you're concerned about running it with a heavy boat, you could carry your gear around it while you scout.


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The train would be sweet, but more costly. If you think you might be up for the Rockwood, then either hike-out option at the bottom would be okay. A bit of a workout with a loaded boat.

No Name Rapid did change. It was really good at 1200 (tall timbers), and noticeably harder than before. Look for the mudslide (dirt) bank on river right and get out asap. The stopping eddies are mostly one boat. Not sure about camping.
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Old 07-10-2008   #4
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I've done more than a few self support Upper trips and camping can be great anywhere; right after No Name, river left, little ways above Ten Mile, river left, really anywhere away from the crowds is a sure bet.
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Thanks for the replies, we'll be going light and doing two days. Will look for the camp on river left after No Name.
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