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Old 07-11-2008   #1
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Crystal river question

At current levels would the Crystal from BRB campground to Roaring fork confluence be a reasonable paddle raft trip for a family with small chidren or would the cemetery section of the Roaring Fork into the Colorado be better? we will be camping at BRB.

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Old 07-11-2008   #2
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The Crystal definately requires more skills to be safe but with that said I've taken my two year old down it a few times this year. The water is faster and the river bed is more narrow than the Fork making it easier to encounter problems if you fall asleep or are not paying attention. No major obstacles other than bridge pillars and no major rapids, just stay off the banks and out of the trees. The cemetary run is more forgiving and doesn't have much to it at these levels, just wave trains and a few obvious rocks and holes to avoid. There is still a lot of fast moving water on both rivers so be carefull, be alert, keep it straight through the waves and holes and you'll be fine.

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Ave to BRB might be alright IF your kids are old enough to self rescue. We floated from Avalanche to Thomas road (2.5 to 3 miles from Carbondale) a few weeks ago. After BRB there are some low bridges to watch out for. At 1500, you might have problems with these in a oar raft. Paddle raft meant we had to get down. The level is dropping fast, and you might not have a problem with the bridges... The A to B section is pretty mellow with some big wave trains.

Cemetary is good to go. See post on Ramp Closure in Carbondale from a few days ago. Big wave trains in cemetary proper.
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Thanks, I appreciate the beta.... should be good to go.

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