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Old 06-13-2010   #1
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Have you rafted Barrel Springs?! I need info!

I am a third year guide located in Glenwood Springs (our main rapid being Shoshone) and this year I can't take it anymore and I must attempt Barrel Springs. I have a brand new 12' Tributary that I would be using and most likely going to run with 4 paddlers. Was looking for as much info as I could get, like what water levels any of you might of ran it at, how successful you were in doing so and if your nearby and have a lot of experience rafting I might need 1-2 paddlers for the run. Thanks for any info on it. Scouted it a few times this year already and at 8000 CFS it looked pretty insane but definitely runnable

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Old 06-13-2010   #2
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Q. How can you tell if someone's a guide?
A. They'll tell you.

I just thought that was funny cause you've mentioned it in all four of your posts...

Good luck though.

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Old 06-13-2010   #3
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Have fun...
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Old 06-13-2010   #4
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I hope you live through it. Sometimes folks who 'have something to prove', gain glory and recognition....and sometimes they die proving Darwin's theory.
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Old 06-14-2010   #5
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I am fairly sure that Mongo and Billy from Timberline have run that. A big question is where you intend to put in - Above Upper death, below upper death, or below lower death? I am not sure how many times upper death has been rafted, but I am fairly certain that it has been done. Good Luck.
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Old 06-14-2010   #6
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Only thing worse then a 2nd year guide...

You shouldn't base what you do on what others have done. If you see the line run it, if you don't don't. There is a lot of stuff in the Roaring Fork valley you could build your skills on for running the gnar before you step up to that big boy.
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Some folks say 9000 is the hardest level to run Barrell, but it all depends on what you see. I believe the put-in is hard to access as the Hanging Lake exit is closed all summer for a remodel of the Hanging Lake trail.
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Old 06-14-2010   #8
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Good luck and RIP. Upper Death, Lower Death - too many deaths in that one for me! LOL

As a third year guide, can't you run Gore, Dowd Chute, the numbers, Pine Creek, etc to get your thrills? Something more challenging yet realistic? Anything is possible I suppose, but that's borderline insanity IMO.
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Old 06-14-2010   #9
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Barrell Springs is not the kind of swim I want to take. It's all rock blast from I-70. The rocks are jagged and they'll hurt like hell. However, I did do Barrell Springs in a creature craft mid-July of last year. I think the level was like 4500 cfs or something. It was a lot of fun. We did flip on our side. The good thing about the creature craft, is you don't have to swim. However, we had two paddlers and I was the one in the water when we were on our side. I got pretty banged up. We put in at Life After Death, which is after Lower and Upper Death. Rafting Upper or Lower Death is just nuts. Good luck!
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Idk if this helps. Good Luck.

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