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Old 11-03-2007   #41
loveland, Colorado
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The upper below Estes is good fun with sections that break away from road. It is all good to go. Go river right under a cottonwood-willow tree branch at the manky rapid adjacent to a house. One can boat stress free below the IV+ all the way to the mouth of the canyon, although I would take out at the small dam at top of narrows. I think they are still diverting the entire river below here. Big T is still cool below V-Smith park as it weaves away into Cedar Cove canyon(IV-ish rapid quarter mile below park). I'll be heading up from Loveland around noon if anyone wants to share shuttle.
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Old 11-03-2007   #42
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[quote=Loaner;81079]Ok, I see there may be something for me in the first nine miles. Anything but the fence to watch out for? Is it as easily scouted as the Drake section?

The narrows section is scoutable, but I'd really want it to be at least
500cfs for that. Even then watch out for sharp rocks.

The section from Viestenz-Smith park down to the dam above
the narrows is generally nice class III. There's one rapid that
we never decided if it was III+ or IV-, I'll find out today. But
you can't scout this section from the road. All but that one
is read and run, and that one is in a canyon section where
the river goes away from the road. Portage can be done
on river left or right. Coming up on it you have a big rock
wall on river right as the river bends sharply left, and then
bends right again.

Nice wavetrain (at 500+ again, we'll see at 400) at the
putin at V-S park.


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Old 11-03-2007   #43
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how good was it today? Either upper hair or lower runs? Anyone up for tomorrow?
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Old 11-03-2007   #44
loveland, Colorado
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Big T-do it

This river runs so seldom I forgot just how spectacular it is! Today was a glorious day and I highly recommend you bust out your gear before its too late! One can put in below the IV+ mank rapid and take it all the way to the last dam(2 miles up river from mouth). I saw everyone taking out at V-smith park, but I agree that Cedar Cove Canyon is well worth the extra couple miles. The river does indeed break from the road for .75 miles, and there is some great boogie 3+, not too mention the Big T granite walls close in on ya a bit-very pretty.

The river got my attention today as it was cooking! Just watch out for pitoning as 430 cfs just barely covers a few sharpie's. Took one for the team by donating a bit of tooth enamel.

Be safe out there...
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Old 11-03-2007   #45
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Old 11-04-2007   #46
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Sunday big T

I'm meeting up with some folks in boulder @ 10- make that new post-daylight savings 10 to head up and probably run the stuff below the mank, and rumor has it some other folks are meeting @ 1 hopefully to run the mank.
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I was up there with the rest of the peanut gallery today with my camera between 12 and 2. If you want some photo's pm me and I can get them to you.

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