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Old 06-03-2005   #11
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Add me to the list of people that found your post thought provoking and timely. I'm still feeling guilty over a swim I had in a run that I had no business being on. Friends and unknown friends had to pull me out. I hate to even think about it, I still feel like poop about it a year later. I'm gaining experience every year though and I have a much better idea of the things I won't do.

I want to have fun, not be scared for a whole run. Thankfully my boating buds dont' give me a hard time if I'm gripped and walk. Well, they might give me friendly shiat, but I know they're kidding.

I wish there was a rating system for experts and a separate one for newer, non-hair boaters. I now know that Tom Chamberlain's class II-III is my class III-IV. Does that make sense? The same goes for flow colors. Usually if its green, its big in my book. A whole other topic I suppose, but pertinent in that just going with the guidebook's rating can be misleading to us newer boaters at times.

Thanks again Dan.


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Old 06-03-2005   #12
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Doe! I posted the last reply on the wrong thread. Long day at work I suppose. Anything I can do to get it moved to Dano's post?

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Old 06-03-2005   #14
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There is a fairly calm section of water just after the Pueblo Resevoir. Up on top it has a few features to practice scouting, eddies, and just get some excitement up. The events - relatively mild are great for practicing and there is significant space in between in case recovery is necessary. The lower part has a LOT of flat water so it slows down a bit - but it's always a good spot to learn how to keep your boat going in a straight line or practicing T-rescues and rolls.

Nice thing is it's right next to the resevoir so you can practice flatwater stuff and move to moving water quickly.

I went through at <200 and it was SLOW - about 6 hours to run the length from the resevoir to the Nature Center. Ran it again at >600 and it was less than 4 hours.

It was much nicer at higher levels.

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