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Old 02-11-2010   #1
La Junta, Colorado
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Family Boating?

Hello Everyone,

I am interested in meeting up with some other boaters with kids. I am 40 years old and have been boating (primarily canoeing but also rafting) since I was 5. I have a 7 year old son who has been on the San Juan and Deso/Gray. I think he's at the age now where he can really start to enjoy, and participate in, boating. We have an Aug 16 launch on the Grand (only 20 years on the list) and I would like to give him more river specific and general outdoor experience in advance of this. To that end we have applied for a number of Southwest river permits and I plan on doing numerous non permit trips this summer as well. My wife would probably go on some of the shorter raft trips but probably not on canoe trips. We'll do both flatwater and whitewater trips, though I don't want to do anything with him that would make him afraid of boating. I'd prefer canoe trips but we are outfitted for both canoe and raft trips. I have a flexible work schedule. Obvious rivers for us would be the Arkansas (we live in southeast Colorado) and San Juan/Green/Colorado type trips but we would be interested in other trips as well. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-11-2010   #2
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Old 02-11-2010   #3
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I've applied for a permit for the Chama. I've done it numerous times many years ago and consider that an excellent overnight trip (my wife might even come!). Were you interested or suggesting?
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I am interested but the schedule is tightening up this year already. Let me know, I have some new family that I would like to introduce to river trips. Two boys 6 & 11. Maybe mid July?
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Old 02-11-2010   #5
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My 5 year old son and I would be down for Class II/III-. Ruby/Horsethief, Upper Colorado, or ???.

Anybody who's up for kid's trip send me a message.
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Old 02-12-2010   #6
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I know you've been waiting 20 years but you might want to leave your son at grandma's house for the Grand Canyon trip.

I'm in your shoes. I'm your age with a son the same age and Grand permits that should be coming up pretty soon after waiting 20 years. My son has been rafting overnighters and day trips in Colorado and Utah since he was 2... but the danger in big whitewater like the Grand Canyon is exponentially higher than the Pumphouse/Deso/Dolores family floats.

Floating class III with your kid this summer will get him ready for camping and for the best-case situation in the water but it won't make him safe in class IV+ big water.

I have have seen some spectacular flips with geared up rafts in big water. It would have been gnarly if there was a 7 year old in any one of those flips that I saw.
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Old 02-12-2010   #7
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Scooby, I'll keep you in mind for the Chama and contact you if/when we get down there. Teletoes, we'd definitely be up for something like this, and I'll contact you as summer gets closer...please do the same. Ture...I know what you're saying, and we've thought it over quite a bit...The last time I did the Grand I was 20 and my father was 50...I'm now 40, he's 70, and my son is 7. I look back on my childhood experiences boating and feel it is the single "activity" that meant more to me than any other, and doing it with my mom and dad was central to this. We're in all likelihood not going to have another opportunity for 3 generations to do this trip and I want my son to have that experience...that said, we're going to make generous use of "walk-arounds" with my son. Take care all.
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Old 02-12-2010   #8
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I agree...
I am 45 with 5 and 8 yr old boys. I was #799 when they changed the grand list system. We have been waiting till the kids get old enough to go or to stay with grandma for 3 weeks.
In the mean time I would do any kid float around here with yall if you're up this way.
As for So. CO I lived in Durango for years and my kids have done all the multiday trips mentioned also check out the upper section of the Dolores and walk the kids around Snag, Domenguez canyon has a great kid camp too.
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Old 02-12-2010   #9
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Hubby and I also have a 7 year old boy who loves the river, but would love it even more with kids his own age. We are even contemplating getting him a kayak this year. We'd love to do some trips with more kids. Upper C, Ruby Horsethief, low water Westwater, San Juan, Chama, Roaring Fork.

Edit to add- wishbone, have you considered enrolling your boy in a paddle sports/kayak camp? Just for the skills it would build? We are thinking of sending ours to the one offered by Avid in the beginning of July.
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Old 02-13-2010   #10
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I have a 7 year old boy we've done Loma-Westwater a few times.
I am also looking for other kid-friendly trips. I live in Carbondale.
No big water yet-want him to have fun only for now.

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