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Old 04-09-2008   #1
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class V

I live in durango i have been boating for three years now and i want to step it up and run class V i feel as if i am a solid class IV boater what are some pretty clam class V runs around durango

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Class V is not calm . Try the Piedra when its cranking or cut your teeth in the Rockwood box above 3000 cubes.
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I think when you are starting out on class v stuff make sure you go with a solid crew that knows the run and start out on runs where the drops are easy to portage and scout and are not too committing so if you get in over your head you have some choices other than having to run the meat. Have fun and good luck. Its not around Durango but the Baily run on the platte is a good iv+/ v run at medium flows.
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Cascade creek [3rd gorge of Lime] through the R-box. You'll probably want to portage the top half of Landslide.
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Paddle the top half of 1st Gorge Lime, low to medium flows, and see how you feel in the eddy above Adrenaline. If you feel confident enough to drop Adrenaline, you should be able to get through the rest of the Gorge. If you've already crapped yourself, shoulder your boat around the Falls and hike up the side creek to the road. You can mostly portage anything of consequence above the falls, but there's mandatory drops below.
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Originally Posted by hullflyer View Post
Class V is not calm
he said clam class V. never heard of that but it might be fun.

boateralacure, try the upper animas its a good test/taste of V. dress warm.
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I would not suggest rockwood at over 3 g's, if you swim in there your shit is gone.
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You should talk to the other, more advanced paddlers that you're paddling with and get recommendations from them. If the people you should ask don't automatically jump to mind, you should spend a little more time building up a core group of boaters who are willing to introduce you to Class V. It's not the realm to be venturing into for the first time with a new group.
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Old 04-09-2008   #10
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my introduction to class v was oh be joyfull, it is a pretty mellow creek, and relatively safe, and super fun of course!!!!

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