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Old 06-12-2011   #41
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We're putting on Tuesday...

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Old 06-13-2011   #42
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If you want to see some friends of mine in their sport boats in Cat the other day when it was near or above 80k.

At 3:07 on the left side of the screen you get a one second glimpse of the Claw- the exploding wave between BD 2 and 3.

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Old 06-13-2011   #43
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What kind of motors are they running on those Sportboats? Prop or jet? How many horsepower?
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Old 06-14-2011   #44
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Looking closer at the video on you tube, they said Cat was about 68k, not 80. prop motors, and I think they are in the 40hp range, some commercial companies run 90's.
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Just curiouis... Anyone been kayaking here at these levels lately?
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Old 06-14-2011   #46
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Ran it in the mid 70,000 a few years back. I remember a great glass surf wave river right at #1. lots of sneaks. was really glad to be in a kayak instead of a raft! The last few rapids below Satin's gut are great fun with catch on the fly giant surfing. #15 was very impressive as was the big 3
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Old 06-19-2011   #47
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Just got off a solo kayak trip. The canyon is class III at 80k. It is a wash.

Sounds like 65k is the better level.

Why were people who had not been on it a real high levels freaking so much earlier in the thread?
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Old 06-20-2011   #48
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Maybe because from 40,000ish on up 37 foot motorized craft can flip and run you over in your tiny little kayak.

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