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Old 07-31-2014   #21
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NOOOoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Ouch it hurts deep down inside

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Old 07-31-2014   #22
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Old 07-31-2014   #23
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I kept waiting for Ian to say "August Fools!" or something when he broke the news at Black Rock last night. Alas, it was not to be...
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Old 07-31-2014   #24
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+1 What jmack said. Denver Water always included this caveat in their agreement to provide a release for the event. They simply don't have the authority to change the release based on the uncommon water conditions this summer. I talked w/ Ian last night & they were as responsive as one can be planning an event around mother nature and have been really accommodating to the boating community. It's a ~5% sort of event whereby they wouldn't be able to do the release and we hit it this year.

Gore's a better run anyway.
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Old 07-31-2014   #25
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Hopefully, Gore will hold in the high teens, for a nice friendly low water feel for all those planning on making the big step up to Bailey.
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Old 07-31-2014   #26
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I was training harder this year than the last few... All with dreams of crushing at the foamy race.

Another dream crushed.

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Old 07-31-2014   #27
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Thanks for the support folks. Appreciate it.

I want to say that Denver Water has been very cool with us, and that contrary to statements here... Denver Water ABSOLUTELY understands the value of whitewater recreation, and Denver Water is the ONLY water agency in the entire state that has voluntarily worked with the paddling community to help optimize whitewater kayaking.

Denver Water told me from day 1 that there was always a chance that this type of event could happen. I looked at 30 yrs of weather and flow statistics to pick my dates, and I concluded that there was a 1-5% chance that the event could get canceled. Its a risk I was willing to take.

Denver water can only divert water from the west slope when they can put that water to use and store it. Since cheeseman reservoir is spilling, they can't cut it back, chatfield reservoir is full too, so there is no where to store the water from the north fork, nor is there a need to pull it. It is simply ILLEGAL for Denver Water to bring over water through the tunnel in current conditions, its not about desire to help etc.

I'm doing OK here... much of my planning was able to be pulled due to Denver Water giving me a good heads up ahead of time. I am getting refunds on insurance etc and will not have a major out of pocket expense. Biggest regret for me is seeing how much people love the fest and how much folks will miss is. Someone mentioned last night that they were really looking forward to winning a creek boat at the fest, and I'm sad to say thats not going to happen.

If anything... we should all be graciously thanking Denver Water for 4 solid years of great flows that allowed paddlers from all over the country to enjoy Bailey... a huge deal for the paddling community. Denver Water is willing to do it again next year, in big part due to the relationship I have built with them, and my complete understanding that they could not do the event this year. I know that if they could, they would. Please do not try and contact DW or complain about this... its a gift not a right.

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Old 07-31-2014   #28
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Like most everyone, I'm really bummed that one of the best events ever is cancelled!

But, big thanks to Ian for your continued hard work and commitment. Sometimes that's just how it goes. Lookin forward to next year's Baileyfest!
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Old 07-31-2014   #29
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Big thanks to Ian and big thanks to some particular Denver Water staff, who have gone far out of their way to make Bailyfest happen with 400+ cfs flows in past years.
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Meanwhile, Clear Creek is flowing at an unseasonable 500 cfs, and Bailey's loss is Gore's gain--should have a nice, long Gore season if everything's full and they're not diverting through the tunnel.

Git some!

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