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Old 02-24-2009   #1
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hardest and scariest rapids in colorado

so the hardest is the hardest to run cleanly w/o flips of f-ups and the scariest is worst case scenario if you screw up.

for me suermax over 800cfs is the hardest.

and, though i haven't run it, cool world is the scariest looking.



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Old 02-24-2009   #2
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cascade 1 NSV for both. Never run just watched.

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Old 02-24-2009   #3
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Couldn't really say on hardest but I've always thought paralyzer on lake creek looks just nuts.
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10 Mile creek above the culvert (at Officers Gulch) at high water is pretty scary. When we ran it back in '93 (I know, I'm an old-timer) we all decided to portage at first look, but after running all the manky stuff down from the upper culvert up on Fremont pass, it did not look so bad when we got back down to the "culvert rapid" so we ran it. The scary part was not getting wrapped on the mid-river culvert support. Another surprise was the size of the hole in the right culvert under the road that we surfed in the dark!
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In a raft, my scariest was Gore rapid. I took one look and almost shit my pants. Fortunately our paddle captain was flawless.
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uh, c'mon guys, i think it's pretty obvious, zoom floom on the arkansas trumps all
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I nearly pooped myself in the eddy above the entrance falls in Vallecito. Gary E had to come help me get my skirt on 'cause my hands were shaking. The height of the drop isn't scary - it's intimidating because of that spooky fucking cave. Plus, once you're past the falls and in the gorge, you gotta run pretty much everything. Almost no portages, not much you can scout.

Not been there, and not planning on going; but the meat of Yule Creek looks redonkulous. Huge ups for anyone willing to drop into that one. I would imagine that would be one of the hardest to run too- not many adjustments can be made at 25 mph.
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SSV Gnarrows ranks pretty high for me.

Entrance has the intimidation factor but I feel like Paddle Bitch and No Way out are way harder rapids.

Cool World.

Paralyzer into Kiss Me at high flows.

Upper Death.

Gunshot and Z-Gorge on West Fork CC look pretty stout over 400.

That's a few on my list.
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Old 02-25-2009   #9
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I agree NSV cascade #1, I would love to watch someone fire that up.

Canyon creek is pretty stout.

Crystal gorge.
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Old 02-25-2009   #10
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i would think the WFCC is a single rapid over 400. i've only paddled it once at ~250 and thought is was fun but i was winded after Z gorge.

i'll also add gore rapid in the 3000+ range as fricking intimidating and scary (never paddled it anywhere close to that). it's a straight shot from gore through scissors and over pyrite.

do many/any people run cascade #1?

also, when i was just getting into creeking the narrows on black rock had me puckered at decent flows. you have to nail that first boof or the rest could suck.

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