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Old 09-26-2011   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Beginner runs still flowing?

Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone had info on beginner runs that are still flowing. Obviously Eddyflower says most runs are too low, but I'm looking for beginner runs where we can get some late season practice in. Anything w/ enough water to practice catching some eddies and deep enough to roll in? I'm located in Golden so stretches in that area would be preferable.


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Old 09-26-2011   #2
Boulder, Colorado
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Hey Grant,

I went to golden's playpark this weekend and it was good to practice some eddy catching. at the base of Rodeo hole there was some water that was deep enough to roll in. So that would be a good place to practice for a beginer

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Old 09-26-2011   #3
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Golden WW park is still fun for a dip down to about 80 cfs. It's running a little over 100 right now.

Waterton Canyon is a fun beginner stretch that is fun above 300ish (400 now). It picks up steam as you go down-canyon, so you can choose how far you want to go.
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Old 09-26-2011   #4
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If you drive to Buena Vista, there are a few fun places to go. The Whitewater Park has some great eddies and attainment moves, as well as 2-3 quality low water surfing /spinning features. Shallow, but friendly.
Overall there is about 3/4 of a mile of mild class II paddling to be had, and a II+ at the end. All can be accessed from the upper parking lot.
I know that it is not super close to Golden, but there is still water here for a few more weeks.
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Old 09-26-2011   #5
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Check the Lower Blue too. Real pretty in there.
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Old 09-26-2011   #6
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The lower stretches of the Ark still have some beginner boating to be had. Basically just Parkdale which is easy roadside III right now, and the stretch just above it (Texas Creek to Pinacle Rock) careful for Three Forks right now though, very boney. Without 3-Forks the TC to PR stretch is II-II+ with a class III move or two.

It's running 365 down there right now.

You could also run Rincon, 8 miles of slow and shallow class II.
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Old 09-26-2011   #7
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Colorado and Lower Blue, has good flows...

Lower blue, Aspens are going off, almost 600cfs, with more to come, runs into late October, easy class 3 at this level. Upper C of the Colorado, Pump House, great beginner, hot springs right next to the river, easy shuttle on weekend with lots of river miles and over 3 times the water than the Ark, 1060cfs.

Also Glenwood on Lower Colorado, Grizzly has hot springs right of the river as well and even more water 1650cfs on the beginner side and if you feel like steeping it up Shoshone is fun, class 3, bit short and sweet can always double dip, bike shuttle. All this not too far away from your hood, worth the drive if you have not done these runs. Have fun were ever you go...


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Old 09-27-2011   #8
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Lower Blue will be better for fall colors and scenery. But the Upper C may be a better beginner run. LB even at 600 does not have deep enough water to really practice rolling. I have been running it at 400 and I have been scraping bottom pretty much the whole way except the few noted rapids.
Grizzly and Shoshone are also great options, but a bit far from Golden.
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Lower Blue 620cfs....

Lower Blue is 620cfs, and that is a (medium flow), great beginner level. TMCK Team member did it yesterday, beta is great surf wave at the canyon wall rapid and lots boofs and splat rocks on the run to test your skills. Plenty of water at this level......

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A small group of kayakers is meeting to run Pumphouse to Rancho on Saturday. PM me if you're interested.

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