Class III Sunday day trip?
I'm new in the area - came from a place where I paddled warm water two or three days a week year-round.
Not being able to paddle (other than in the pool) is killing me. I did The Numbers a couple of days after christmas, but I'm a relatively new paddler and truth is I'm not ready for an ice-choked, Class 4ish creeky run. I ended up under an ice jamb (Yikes)
So I'm wondering -- is there anywhere within a five-hour drive of the Springs where we could do class III-type water without dealing with ice, soon?
I'm thinking Sunday, Feb. 1 -- I'd be willing to do 10 hours of driving for a few hours on the river. Leave early a.m. and be back late Sunday night? I could provide a ride and beer in exchange for some expertise.
If not I guess it's back to holding out til April ...
I guess I'd also be willing to drive a ways for some park n play -- are there any good ww parks that are running well enough to be worth the drive?