Clear Creek Stepping Stone Progression?
I recently moved from OC1 to C1 and feeling more confident about my abilities in a dry boat. On Clear Creek, I have paddled WWP, tunnel 1 down, and Lawson/Dumont at 460-500ish.
I have not paddled Lower or Upper CC. I have read about and looked at both , but have passed them up to date, primarly due to OC1, continous nature and sharp rock as it relates to beating up my boat and me if I swim.
With that said, I like low/medium water over high water. I have also ran NSV Shelly's, Boulder Creek 4 mile (lower water portaging the Buttresses), upper Big T (below Estes lake to handicap pull off/above the gnar), Foxton, Waterton, Numbers, Slaughter House, Poudre Upper Mish down, etc.
From what I have read and heard, Lower is not good below 400, so it is probably out for this season, unless rain brings it up.
I know the raft companies run the upper at really low levels, down to 150 or 200 or so, i think? I was thinking about trying a low water run down the upper pulling out before Black Rocks. I realize this run has sharp rock mank.
I guess my question is the upper a boat beater at this level (200 to 400), read/run or should I go with someone who has done it, and does my noted experience qualify me for this run? Thanks for your input.