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Old 08-16-2013   #1
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Browns vs. Gorge at current flows

Tried the search function first, found some low water Brown's info that was helpful, but not much on the Gorge, and nothing really comparing the two.

What's the Gorge like at current/this weekend's flows? Much different than Brown's at current levels? Sledgehammer and Wallslammer main two rapids still? Any other notes/info?


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Old 08-16-2013   #2
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I think the gorge is much better than Brown's at low flows. The boof at sunshine gets quite good and the narrows has a fun easy creeky feel. The paddle out is long and rough and the rebar is more exposed but I don't remember and terrible unavoidable mank. Brown's on the other hand gets pretty dirty in raft ripper and the right to left move shortly after canyon doors.

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Old 08-16-2013   #3
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At really low water, like 250 in Browns, 300 in the Gorge the Gorge is a cleaner run....but at this flow I still like Browns more. It's a half grade easier than the Gorge imo, but I would rather deal with the shallow flats at the beginning than the end. Plus Browns is just so much closer to me (oh, and at really low water the line through Raft Ripper is on the far right.)
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Old 08-17-2013   #4
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What about the Gorge in a mini-Max? Would it be OK at 300?
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Old 08-17-2013   #5
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What about the Gorge in a mini-Max? Would it be OK at 300?
My R2 rig is 6' 10" wide and I've run it down to 230 and still had fun. IMO the Gorge is way better than Brown's at low flows. It's a significant step up though and can be mean - more rocks, undercuts, and crap in the river.
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Old 08-17-2013   #6
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Commercial outfitters were still running 14's around 500 cfs and 12's below that last year. Mini me should be fine and more fun.

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