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Old 02-03-2008   #31
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Cheoah/Tallulah double-header in early April, then Cali trip with a Colorado option starting circa late May - Crested Butte and Upper A as targets in your fair state. Whatever in Cali - South Silver probably at the top end of our comfort/competence range (I hope?). Never been out there so will be sort of exploratory. Hoping to hike into Upper Cherry and take a peek at the granite fantasy-land.

Gear - anxious to see the new rescue vest from Kokatat (Ronin Pro) when it comes out. Love the Astrals but prefer zip entry. And will be picking up a pair of Sea Specs here in a week or three. Would appreciate hearing from anybody out there that has a pair (PM is fine).

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Old 02-04-2008   #32
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I am sitting in my flat in Berlin Germany; I have not seen the sun threw this blanket of gray for about 4 months, and its been 6 months since I have done anything that would resemble an adventure. The last time I tried I went skiing in Austria 2nd run of the SEASON I got knocked out cold and spent 5 days in the hospital. Since then I have seen more old churches, buildings, and dam gift shops all over Europe then I ever really cared to.
To say that I am stoked for the season is a pretty major understatement. I have the start of my season figured out down to the minute. My season starts in 91 days 12 hours 51 minutes from right now. I leave Berlin on May 1st and come hell or high water(hopefully high water) I will be on the Monday release for the Upper Yough in Maryland on May 4th. I am going back to my roots a bit with an east coast trip with the hope of getting my boof back on the round rocks and warm water of the east coast so that I have some balls back when I get to CO.
I am in school full time this summer so I will be up for Poudre laps after class and weekends road tripping around the state. I donít really care what water I am on just as long as I am not looking at any more old churches or freaking gift shops!!!

As far as gear goes I am really looking forward to picking up a new WRSI helmet with the full face. I like the concept, I donít really want to be the guy looping with a full face helmet, but I do really want the face guard when I am running stuff at my limit. Gotta protect the money maker. I think itís a great idea and I hope they do well with it.

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Old 02-04-2008   #33
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hell, maybe buy a new boat for myself

I keep wanting to buy a new boat or two for myself, this is the year I might can do that. That is, after I buy my kid a new one. It seems he has his eye on the new Jackson Hero Sidekick. I'll probably end up boating safety for whatever river he is boating and/or racing on.

Might buy a raft in the spring too. Booze cuise almost sounds relaxing.
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....
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Old 02-04-2008   #34
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Just revceived my brand new Jefe from CKS.

im stoked for a first desent that's within 30 minutes of casper = 2 class V+ creeks within 30mins of casper. and another that's 45 minutes away plus hitting as many bighorn runs as possible plus a couple in the windriver range.

staying in wyoming to hit up as many creeks as possible.

running the unrun 30+ footer 15 minutes outside casper
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Old 02-05-2008   #35
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I want to hit up the Upper Taos Box, Red River and Embudo early season, Escalante soon after. Then obscure thing i can get time for close to the FR....cayo and count, I am on the neverEnding quest to run as many sections in and around CO as possible. I would be down for quickies like Left Hand, stuff on the N and S st. Vrains or even Turkey (just to do it).

I really need to patch my broken Blunt (BEAR!) or buy a new boat...i need something bomber to follow the Blunt....new boats are wussy.
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Old 02-05-2008   #36
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Sounds good,i didn't mean to imply I would run SSV that looks too stout for me ,the others I'd do at the right water levels if i was on my game.If you havn't got one by then I 'LL LET YOU USE MY BLUNT
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Old 02-05-2008   #37
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A friend of mine had one of these on a Westwater float last year. This is about the only gear I'm lacking at this point in life.

Gas Powered Blender - Daiquiri Wacker
FYI I saw one of these for sale in a Autozone near my house at 38th and Federal, of all places. I want to say it was $150. I had to run away from it for fear of dropping into another geear purchase. Love that handlebar grip throttle.
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Old 02-05-2008   #38
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Cayo, You too have a blunt! I think I met you on Upper Tenmile, maybe? Thanks for the offer. I am going to try to get something soon.
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Old 02-05-2008   #39
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jonny I've only duckyed the class 4 run on Tenmile
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Old 02-06-2008   #40
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I paddle mostly IV/V.

Since the last two months have been so snowy and cold up here, there have only been a hand full of creeks running and it's almost felt like a Colorado winter hiatus from boating. Looking forward to a nice 600+ inch snowpack in the spring to get things rolling.

Tops new runs on the list are:
Green Truss

Runs to hit if I make it back to Colorado this summer:
Black Rock
Big South/Spencer/JW

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