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Old 08-02-2007   #21
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CB Creekin' in June. Wet hot american summer slides and waterfalls

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Old 08-02-2007   #22
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This was my first season so:

0: Meeting so many kick ass people and getting involved in such a great community
1: My first "run" down golden at 75CFS
2: Getting talked into doing waterton at 1600 CFS on my 6th day on the water ever, swam above green bridge, thought I lost a brand new AT3 until I got back to the parking lot.
3: Doing a clean run down Waterton
4: My first combat roll up on on the Eagle
5: First trip down Granite/Numbers (No I havn't run Pine Creek yet)

Thank you to everyone that has made this possible.

Life: Live it!
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Old 08-02-2007   #23
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I'm gonna add my 2 cents here cuz it got me reflectin. This being my 35th season paddling and the beginning of my 59th season on the planet, I gotta say that every day out there on the rio is the best ever. Whether I'm paddlin class 3 with the few old buds that are still doin it or chasing the young guns from RCRE down class 5, I'm just glad to be doin it. Kayaking may not be the most important thing in life, but it's damn sure gotta be the funnest!
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Old 08-02-2007   #24
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Of course there can be nothing better than guiding browns canyon 3 times a day for a month and then twice a day for the rest of the can it get any better...ummmmm ya, about that.

1. Red River! Awesome! It was so much fun, so beautiful and the paddle out is not so bad with good company (Jace). The best part was driving into a scary weird drug deal with people that couldn't read and making it out alive.

2. Numbers every day after work or during work hasn't gotten old yet and being chased down by rafts always makes it more exciting.

3. Early season union chutes, getting beat down in the holes a few days before and after knee surgery. I really hoped I could get out because I was not released from the doctor yet. The boys even carried my boat for me.

4. Rowing Browns on a Virgin Raft with Whiskey and a PBR in my life jacket (ya, Booth even though you made fun of me, I have not changed my technique.)...The full moon floats were awesome too.

5. Gore season? I can go after aug 15th.

My kayaking season has been kind of lame, I really need to redeem myself this fall.
"I would lick it up if it weren't all glassified and on concrete"
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Old 08-02-2007   #25
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F'na Old Fart, maybe some people do get wise with age. Those are good words. Maybe it's because I'm 30 going on 59, but my initial thought was the same as yours. Since the title of this thread should obviously be plural, I'll give it a go myself anyway:

1) Escalante - thank you for existing

2) Pretending I'm a playboater at union chutes at 2000+ cfs - that wave will make anyone want to pretend to be a playboater. Then sitting around in the parking lot, drinking beers, talking safety, and trying to call out my buddy in an interview with the local news, for swimming at union.

3) Bailey at high water and then Bailey at higher water. Taking a swim on Bailey at the highest I ever ran it, getting humbled, bruised to hell, and still having a fantastic day.

4) Virgin run down Big South - enough said.

5) It's Gore Season!
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Old 08-02-2007   #26
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1) Leaving denver in a freezing rain/snow storm only to arrive at the gore putin to find blue sky, mid 50's and a flow of 1050.

2) Bailey at 700 with 7 other paddlers and only one swim. It is always nice to paddle with a big group when everybody knows how things need to be.

3) Running ALL sections of clear creek, including rigor! All were new to me until this year.

4) Bear Creek! Bear Creek! Bear Creek!

But the most fun was meeting lots of new faces and many that I hope to paddle with in seasons to come.

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Old 08-03-2007   #27
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great season half done

awsome season.

early season big water on the north platte, flushed the river for a week and a great 4000 during later february.

3rd known decent of deer creek by casper wyoming in late april.

plus got on the poudre for the first time

gore cayon already this season in my agent 6.2

baily top to bottom at 800+ in a scud.

hit alot of new runs this year

hilight so far has been

bluegrass creek last weekend
was testing my cracks on pyranha micro 240(rainbow edition) when one broke open day before.
decided to just take the agent and it was fucking awsome.
waterfalls are awsome in a playboat!

and the seasons only half over! gore is still great blue is good narrows is in get out there before snowboarding season comes around!
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Old 08-03-2007   #28
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Day 2 The Box

This being my first season in the west (Idaho), I've stacked up a lot of highlights this year. That's bound to happen anytime you are constantly paddling new runs. But, one day really stands out as the best this season, if not my whole kayaking career: Day 2 in the Clarks Fork Box. We caught the tail end of the flow window for the Box, so our run was on the creeky side. We camped in the canyon and awoke to a nice portage. After that the whitewater cleaned up, and we bombed some quality mank. Dillworth, Deliberation, and Leap of Faith were all memorable in their own right. But, the real joy of that day was paddling into the ampitheater after the last portage. Two creeks come crashing into the Box from on high, the walls tower all around you, you know the portaging is done, and all the stress and anxiety that comes from being locked deep in the shit for two days just kind of melts away.

The runner up would be my first top to bottom on the NF Payette. God damn, that is a lot of whitewater.
"A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes writing for the majority in New Jersey v. New York
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Old 08-03-2007   #29
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Nice benchmarks Joe. What a stomping season for you. Sorry our Big South schedules didn't mesh.

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2. Pinos: Epic wilderness adventure with a great crew. I might go back if my feet ever recover from the hike.
TT - funny how we forget the pain and amp up the positives. The Pines was definitely the prettiest run of the year for me. So far.

the "best days" this year -
* Viagra Gorge with Mo and the dogg - well done mission
* Punchbowls - even though I flailed
* taking 4 solid creekboaters down their first Vallecito run - thanks Tyson
* taking Wendy down the Greys R in WY
* Every run i've been lucky enough to have on Bottom Creek this year

Hope to see some of yall out here for Gauley...
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Old 08-07-2007   #30
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1. 6/13 - First time to hit up the CB creeks back in June. Best day was nailing all the lines on my second run down OBJ.
2. 6/15 - Caught Royal Gorge on the way home at a pretty healthy level. Lots of fun energy in there. Hard to find that stuff in the Dust Bowl.
3. 6/16 - Crashing at 3AM from the drive back from CO, then up at 7 to make a first-D on a mile-long spillway less than an hour from the house. Stompin' Class IV at 5K cfs. Last time it ran was nine years ago. So maybe there ARE some goods in the Dust Bowl...
4. 7/2 - Catching my closest creek run at super-flood, walking out (no shame), then back in to run it sane the next day.
5. 6/30-7/4 - Five days in a row of III-IV boating in - yeah - Oklahoma. It's all rain-dependent around here, so five days in a row? In the summer? No way.
6. Back to the spillway last weekend: three runs at 10K cfs. What a screamin' buzz!
7. Watching...waiting...

Probably ho-hum stuff for you Buzzards that have so much out your back door. It's hard to live around here and be a decent Class V boater, but this has been a big year, with - no joke - some really respectable boating finds nearby in the last year or so. And we can hopefully get the Corps to start putting water in the spillway more often.

Paddle whatcha' got left out there...

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