The FoCo ¨Cool Bus¨crew were eager to get on the Upper Pacuare so we tried to put a trip together for one raft and a group of kayakers. Unfortunately due to some bad advice some of the paddlers for the raft pulled out so the two remaining rafters were high and dry. That didn´t stop the kayak crew though.
We put in late morning on average water, definately the low side of medium. I was joined by Brian, Uldis, and Jose, a local friend who knows the run well. The boys seemed to really be enjoying the Upper, Upper. When we got to the first class V, Sangria Hydrolica, and scouted, Jose was ready to go and showed us a very clean line. I followed and although I was where I wanted to be I ended up getting thrown for a pretty violent ender, no problem though. Uldis was next and he took a little slap to the face that luckily only resulted in a tiny cut on the bridge of his nose. Brian got rolled in the seam but popped right out and rolled up no problem.
For the other class V, Bobo Falls, Uldis and Brian wisely portaged and we managed to save some time and get going down this long run. A couple more pretty big rapids came and went and everyone was having a blast. The only complaint I heard all day was about the pace. The local boys keep moving all day because with loading, unloading, shuttle, and paddle this is a 8 or 9 hour day even at top speed. We managed to get to the take-out which is the put-in for the Lower run about 3:30 so we were doing pretty good. As expected the night ended with many rounds at our favorite watering hole Ole-Ole. We haven´t managed to teach our bartender Alejandro how to make a Poudre River Drop Off yet, but he has the ¨coco loco¨mastered. The boys really enjoyed the bars little drinking game involving a box and a couple of dice. Have them explain it next time you talk to them.
I was glad we had a fun, safe day and look forward to showing a few more folks down this classic. Brian shot some stills as well as some video so hopefully you´ll be getting more than these shoddy words on his blog spot soon. We hope the CO contingency is shredding up some virgin pow for the expat crew!