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Old 10-07-2004   #81
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If the flows stay above 530cfs, the rapids still go, even the waterfall(must do the center-left slot-slide-instaboof)....things slow down a bit but the dangers are super visible!!!!
last season i threw down in my S-6 at the meager flow of "420 dude"...drops above the portage were "ok", but the waterfall was a supersieve!!! portaged thru the mess on river left-{1 hour}(no rope to use on the tree, river right, bummer).... i then hiked up SOB(with my boat as a sombrero) to meet with some gals to go climbing the next morning.... so, i did not see the drops below the portage....3 weeks ago, i went in at 480cfs, the drops above the portage zone were "nifty" and i got to experience several drops below the portage... got the RODNEY KING EXPERIENCE as, i'd say the paddle is worth it at flows between 550-1100cfs...beyond 1,100ish i'd feel good only with my bros! you may need them to help you!! only your best bros would bust a move to make sure you didn't disappear(gulp) you can see, the flow is dropping off...i'll go in again if they are stay above 550cfs(anybody want in?)....otherwise, i will wait until they hit 300-ish cfs and.............attempt another innertube run(anyone in?).....i figured on 3 days, self supported, large tubes(heavy duty recommended), with a bill's bag(large) strapped into the center hole....this protects "slim Jim and the twins"( i rode on my stomach on our first attempt) and puts shoulder straps at hand for quick and easy portages!!! of course there will be some difficult sections and many extra portages......we only had one hand paddle each and this made us go in circles more than anything!!! i'd never tubed before our first try.....just in case you were wondering... we ran everything up to DAYWRECKER, and i can say that it was very exciting!!!!my non boating buddy had one of the sickest splats i've ever seen....the whole time yellin', "i'm splattin' it!.... i'm splattin' it".....we came upon DAYWRECKER(with 2 tubes between the 3 of us), i forgot to tell you that my tube popped when i first jumped on it at the put-in! so i took off after my bros with just my Bill's Bag!!we did the old 3 person pyramid thing for a bit until my bro gave up his tube... he took off on foot(caveman style) DAYWRECKER, we found kids clothes in the river, backpacks(wife beaters and wranglers and medications), paper plates, a K-MART style rafting oars in the left side of the drop, kid's pfd in a log-rock strainer, cooler floatin in an eddy.....a rafting explosion!!!!...we did a body search and regretfully had to retreat to the put-in to call 911... which we did....the rangers looked into the permit box and saw that 3 "innertubists" had put on....all hell broke loose... we'd started drinkin' whiskey at DAYWRECKER and had some herbal remedies to prepare us for the epic retreat....the BOYS wanted to talk to us in person, assuming we were kayakers(they never asked)... we feared them more than the Black Canyon at this point so we split!! they kept callin for info and the like....we drove to the north rim to let my non-boater buddy see what he'd missed out on(a funny smell came out of his pants)...and my ranger buddy said 3 innertubers were missing, presummed dead....they had called our crested butte emergency number and the rumors started!!! I told him that the innertubers were "ok" and he asked if i'd talked to them....i said "they are right over there" and that i was the 3rd... he gave me a ration of "fecal matter"(that's shit for you nonscience folk) and we told him more details... someboby "thought" they'd put on the GUNNY GORGE!!!! and floated willy-nilly into DAYWRECKER....we'd been seen puttin' on with wifebeaters,straw hats, overalls and false teeth(we wanted to go "looking authentic")..... i never heard what happened....we'd collected the stove and gas bottles and stashed them for future use, the rest of the mess we put in a big pile for the rangers to come get.....the ranger agreed to come meet us at river level when we attempted it again....he's cool... wants to learn how to name is Milo Wynne and i do not approve this message!...

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