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Old 03-26-2010   #1
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Biggest Hole In Colorado

What do you think are the biggest holes in Colorado[ excluding Mr. c's piehole and other orafi ]?Was comparing a surprisingly big hole on the SP town run to Seidels on another thread ,got me thinking.What are the biggest meanest holes in the state/region?
Came up with ;the big one on Cross Mtn. gorge[ Oesterizer?],Gore rapid,something in Barrel at high flows,the Animas gets big,never done those runs and only have seen Barrel high so just guesses/going by what i've read.Tell us about some monsters or wicked little guys.

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Toilet Bowl in Gore Canyon. Scariest swim of my life.
Boat Eater in Royal Gorge when flow is very high.

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-Dick Wadham, head of the Colorado Republican Party. (Mr C's bastard uncle)

-Hole on right wall, lower Sledgehammer, Royal Gorge.
Not sure if it is the biggest hole but it could be the hardest to get out of. Watched a buddy get surfed for 15 minutes in his cat. When we finally got a rope from his cat to my cat and I pulled out into the current, I thought he would just pop right out. But my cat came to a complete stop and it took both of us pulling on our oars to pull him out.

-Bottom hole in Dowd Chutes @ 4800 cfs. Not recommended, bad memories

Hope to see Cross Mtn this spring below 3k!
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Old 03-26-2010   #4
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I'd go upper death and osterizer for the biggest. Stickiest is a different question. Does upper death count as a hole? My vote is hole. Skull is a hole at high water, so- so is upper death
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Meanest hole I've actually ran was 3 Rocks on the Ark at 4,000. Becomes a dumptruck shit show comparable to Seidels at high flow.

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Osterizer is certainly the biggest actual hole @ 15,000 I have seen here in CO. Gore's Toilet Bowl is really a riverwide pourover if you want to get really technical but I have witnessed boaters surf out after very long rides there. Nancy's hole on the lower gorge Upper Animas run is a pourover too but not something you can get out of and my vote for scariest "hole". It's a drowning machine at 5500-6000 cfs. Luckily very easy to miss.

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The hole in lower sledge is Clarks. I would vote for moonpie on Pine Creek as hardest to get out of. Happy that whens its really cooking I have watched others in it and not me.
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Yeah, I think biggest =/= stickiest, though I'm interested to know people's thoughts on both.
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I vote for the one you're in.
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I don't know about "biggest", but the bottom of Double Trouble at least deserves a respectful nod in this thread...maybe that upper drop in Poudre Falls too, not that anybody ever runs it...

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