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Old 10-31-2007   #21
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Big T was lots of fun yesterday. I had pretty much called it a year and packed my stuff up for winter. Horray for late season releases.

Get it while it lasts!

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Old 10-31-2007   #22
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Dress Warm everyone coming up this afternoon. Got a couple inches last night in Estes. Damn cold here, and I'll bet the river is too.

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Old 10-31-2007   #23
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Get in there.
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Old 11-01-2007   #24
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Originally Posted by wnccreeker View Post
For those of you who haven't run this before, the bigger class IV+ rapid will sneak up on you.
A hint for recognizing this rapid is to watch for the yellow warning sign for a 35 mph curve. It is facing upstream on the river left bank. If you scout it roadside on the way up you will see the sign.

I always look for my hint during a roadside scout because I can't remember anything when I'm on the river 30 minutes later.

You will see a 40 mph curve when you are paddling down. That isn't it. After you paddle farther you will see the 35 mph curve and you can feel the drop coming and you see the horizon line and you know that is it.

I don't think it is something you want to run without ever having a look at it because you can't see anything until you are in it and if you go with the flow there is a piton and an undercut rock waiting for you.

There is a mini-drop at the first horizon and then you are at the real rapid. The entrance move is super-fun: rail slide way up on the big rock and then bust a move to avoid a piton. The 2nd part of it has an undercut rock on the left side that you avoid by boofing a large flake in the middle. Look for the undercut on your scout because the lazy left line will take you right into it.

There is plenty of action in there and it deserves the IV+ rating, both for difficulty and danger.
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Old 11-01-2007   #25
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Big T up through weekend

Big T is staying up. This is what I'm sending out today. FYI 1 a.m. November 2 is actually late tonight :


At 1 a.m., November 2, we will bump up releases from Olympus Dam on Lake Estes to the Big Thompson River to around 430 cfs. We will maintain that release rate at least through the weekend, if not a little longer. This is an increase of about 130 cfs.

Using the Big Thompson River to help us move project water is one of the flexibilities built into the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Although we do not utilize this option very often for a variety of reasons, with the current regular maintenance at our power plants, an increased flow in the river makes it possible for us to bring water to Horsetooth Reservoir now, instead of waiting until early December.

Today, Horsetooth is at an elevation of 5372 and slowly starting to rise. We are moving about 250 cfs from the Big Thompson River to the Charles Hansen Feeder Canal and into Horsetooth Reservoir. Currently, no water is going out of Horsetooth.

I will be out of the office tomorrow, Friday November 2, but back on Monday, November 5. If you have immediate concerns or questions, you can try my cell phone at (970) 215-9545, but I will be in and out of range.

Have a good weekend.
Kara Lamb
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Old 11-01-2007   #26
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Kara for PRESIDENT!!!!

Kara, thanks so much for the great information! What a great way to end the season. Paddling in November. I hope the temps stay a bit warm.

Great level for the Big T... It's on.
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Old 11-01-2007   #27
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Kara, no doubt. We can not thank you enough for the updates. All shit talking aside it is time to get it on. There is a section up there for just about everyone and with the release lasting through the weekend this almost like a scheduled event. I say we BBQ at the Viestenz Smith park or the Handicap Pier or where ever and have a little paddlin' in November party on Sat. I'll bring the beer.

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Old 11-01-2007   #28
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Thanks for the update Kara!! That makes my weekend.

So what time are people gonna be up there--anyone want to carpool from denver area? Game on.
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Old 11-01-2007   #29
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Can anyone tell me which section the videos on eddyflower are from? Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2007   #30
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Powhound, they're of the top section broken down into each drop. Some of the later vids are some combined stuff though.


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