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Old 08-11-2011   #1
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Gore Canyon now BELOW 2k!!!

Now that gore canyon is below 2k (1980), it's time to pull off the cover of my raft "Obstinate" and get up there! Anyone who is willing to raft it at this level sometime in the next week let me know. The more boaters up there the better

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Old 08-11-2011   #2
Colo Springs, Colorado
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Not quite yet, but thanks for the heads up. We'll probably go when it's about 1200 or so, giving us a better chance to stay in the boat. That level has worked well for us in the past, and we don't want to fool around with the Gore God too much. Other places, yeah, we'll spit in the eye, but not there.

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Old 08-11-2011   #3
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I find 1700-2100 lines are trickier than 2500+ or under 1500. Not sure how much difficulty raises for rafts in gore, I would imagine 1300 is about the level things get hairy.

Best option may be next weekend, I would hope a lot of people still show up to paddle gore even if there isn't a race.
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Old 08-11-2011   #4
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thats still a pretty big level for a raft if you haven't been in that high. I think 1500 and under is a more reasonable raft level. Fire it up if you feel like it, but know it's gonna be big.
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Old 08-12-2011   #5
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I agree that much past 1250-1300 things change for rafts. By 1600 I would add a half level to full level to some rapids and a half level to the run overall. I haven't been in much higher than that so I can't make any definitive statements, but past 1800 you better bring the big brass balls, the crew and the skills to match. Some of the moves like the entrance to Tunnel, Pyrite, a lot of Kirschbaum's, and some of the in between stuff gets a lot pushier even by 1350-1400. Not to mention the even more continuous nature of the Gore through Pyrite section at higher flows (but a sneak to the right of Scissors opens up if you're on line, then again you're on the wrong side to set up the next move headed into Rodeo and then Pyrite if your not game on).

I would like to scout gore in the 2500 range and see how it looks - not sure that I would ever commit to guiding it at that level.
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Old 08-12-2011   #6
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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The first time on Gore I was only a paddler and it was about 1900 CFS. We portaged Gore Rapid but ran everything else with no problem but we did have an amazing guide. Last year I guided it down around 1050 or so and it seemed too low for my liking. Would love some more beta on anyone that has rafted it from the 1800-2k range

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