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Old 05-27-2010   #11
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I'd call Dowds a solid notch up from zoom or anything else in Browns. Nasty swim for sure.

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Old 05-27-2010   #12
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I'd call Dowds a solid notch up from zoom or anything else in Browns. Nasty swim for sure.
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Old 05-27-2010   #13
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The ARK is on!

The Ark is starting to pump! Numbers hit 1300 today with Browns over 1500. I expect flows to jump quite a bit with how hot it has been With any luck flows will be between 2000 and 3000 by the weekend! WOOO! HOOO! It took us 6.5 hrs to run 26 miles today in training. Tommorow we are going to do Numbers to Stone Bridge for 32 miles!
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Old 05-28-2010   #14
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My opinion with current flows (kayaked both countless times, rafted14' both many times).

Eagle- Avon to Edwards at 2200 cfs is somewhat serious business. You cannot let go of the oars and mess around at all (literally maybe 3-4 locations). Continous and fun the whole way. Technical IV- rafting (III+ kayak). There are holes and bends everywhere.

Brown's even at 2000 cfs is more big river feel., pool drop rapids. If you line it up properly you just straighline it and moves to really make. will be fine if you have the constant maneuvering on the Eagle down. Upper Eagle is way underrated for rafting, it takes some skills.
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Old 05-29-2010   #15
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Well, I went ahead and did Brown's Canyon yesterday - twice.

I found a lot of what everyone said to be true - thanks for all of the input. It really wan't quite as difficult as I imagined it might be (at 2100 cfs if the gal at Hecla had the flows right). I did find there was a bit of rock dodging, similar to the Eagel, but it was more impotant to dodge the giant boulders and holes of course! LOL The swirling currents were definitely a different feel the first time down, but easy enough to get used to and account for.

The only real surprise was how short it was. I didn't recall it being so short! We were at Zume Flume before we knew it, and by the time we hit Hecla, I couldn't believe it was already over. We got out, debated for a few minutes, and decided to run it again. The second time through, we parked at Stone Bridge so we could run Seidel's, at the encouragement of the gal counting boats at Hecla and a commercial driver. I am so glad we did, that was a fun, but Twin Falls was even more fun IMO. Not much after that of course, but it made for a longer trip, and if I am going to spend 6 hours in the car, I better get close to that on the river!

Anyway, great fun, brought back a lot of memories of my Dad and I rafting it every summer years ago. Thanks again everyone for the input.
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3460 cfs in Brown's this morning...should be a pretty wild ride this afternoon...

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