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Old 07-02-2006   #1
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BS level

Anybody do it today? How's the level holding up?

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Old 07-02-2006   #2
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A big crew did the full run yesterday. The consensus level was 1.6-1.7ft on the old gage. Long draw dropped today so the upper drops are pretty technical. In my opinion the half run by hiking in through Peterson lake is the better bet.

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Old 07-03-2006   #3
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two of us ran the full run today, including la poudre pass creek (weird creek), which was very bony at 160 cfs. i agree, probably about 1.6 ft on the old gauge and the lower half is the best call right now. it's definitely still fun, but i highly recommend getting on it sooner than later. i'm guessing it won't last much longer only because the dam masters appear to be dropping the flow steadily and the upper poudre isn't contributing much at all (50 cfs?). that being said, there are feeder creeks that seem to add flow here and there such that by the end of the run, the flow has definitely picked-up some. today i would say the lower was low, but not yet bony.

since it is dying quick, if anyone runs it in the near future, a level update would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-03-2006   #4
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I gotta question for you guys: do you think a bailey boater is capable of boating the BS. at current levels?? I wouldn't mind getting on it before the seasons up, if it's possible. Thanks for any info
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Old 07-03-2006   #5
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You can walk anything, but you had better take a guide to keep from stumbling into Cool World- as the AW guide it looks like it's a III - IV until you're in it. Also - it's a long day. Other than that, it's a beautiful canyon & the big rapids are spectacular to check out, even on a portage. If you're feeling good, the rapids you'll consider at these flows are Rock Lobster, Starter Fluid, Bonk, Nitrogen, Prime Time, Pin Cushion, Slideways, Tubular balls, and the top section of the Rush. Again, a guide in most of these would be highly adviseable.
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Old 07-04-2006   #6
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Cool, thats what I'm looking for. Good to know it's all(mostly)scoutable and portagable. I expected a goood, full day, now I just need to find someone to be a guide. Any takers?
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Old 07-05-2006   #7
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maybe, but inner soul search

El quapo:

I thought another perspective would serve you well. If you are doing no-portage descents of Bailey and feel you are game for a full day of relentless mental and physical exertion, then you may likely appreciate the Big South. Yes you can portage things, but that will add even more to your exhaustion. Mental and physical fatique are a major contributor to the abundance of carnage that the BS routinely serves up. It is not a run to take lightly. From the put-in on Wierd Creek to the take-out it will begin to feel like the never-ending river. At low to medium levels like this, trip rocks and sieves are everywhere. Your concentration rarely gets a rest. It ia a very dangerous run. Outside of the big drops, read and run is the temptation, but considerable scouting is recommended. A guide is definitely recommended, but still be willing to scout often.

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