Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-28-2015   #1
tellutwurp's Avatar
Longmont, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2004
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 260
Little Thompson Trip Report (May 24th 2015)

After looking at some real estate photos recently, I noticed that the Little Thompson looked cool and almost runnable. In retrospect, I think I was looking at the Tubs section in town. I also figured it had more water since it had been raining everyday of late. I also hadnít heard of any post flood trip reports, so figured it might be awesome.

We did some preliminary scouting around Pinewood Springs and the takeout and the flows looked good, although we have no idea what the 125-200cfs recommendation might look like then or post flood. We did note the takeout bride gauge showed 1.75í for itís worth. We also noticed at least 4 mandatory portages around culverts and general road rebuilding hazards, so we decided to put in below the last temporary bridge at about 1pm.

After reading the descriptions of very demanding hair portaging and hard to catch eddies, we were super cautious around any bend or horizon we couldnít see. Things started out fairly well with some nice class III/IV stuff without too many hazards, but certainly scouts of everything we couldnít see.

At first I was keeping track of the portages, maybe a couple in between some easier rapids and before a sweet little ledge / waterfall like drop, and then maybe a few more before a great sequence of manageable drops into a nice slot.

Afterwards, things really just started going downhill. It seemed like every other rapid had too much pin potential, was completely choked with wood, or the margin between a good line and being all up in a strainer wasnít worth it to us. Iím sure plenty of class V boaters might opt to run some of our portages.

We continued to scout, run little sections, and portage for what seemed like way too long for the length of the run. A couple of portages were brutal, requiring hiking up a cliff wall for a few hundred feet and downriver quite a bit, the rain didnít make it any easier. I was exhausted on a whole new level and perhaps it was that, a pin, or impending nightfall that probably making things seem more dangerous than they really were.

Overall, I think the guidebook still has it nailed even after the flood. Beautiful canyon, great sections of whitewater, a good bit of unrunnable stuff, and tough demanding portages. The only difference to me is that this seemed a tad tougher than proving grounds which is rated a bit tougher.

A solid adventure run.
tellutwurp is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2015 Lower N.F. Poudre trip/wood/fence report bobbuilds Whitewater Kayaking 0 04-27-2015 08:15 AM
Colorado Grand Canyon trip May 9th-24, 2015 nowsane Rafting | Trip Planner 3 04-23-2015 07:47 AM
Westwater May 24th - overnight trip seanski06 Rafting | Trip Planner 16 05-30-2014 08:32 AM
Cataract Canyon May 18th-24th... Amber Kayaking | Trip Planner 3 05-16-2007 01:17 PM
Pyranha Demos at Golden Wed May 24th 4:30 T-ROY Whitewater Kayaking 3 05-24-2006 12:25 PM

» Classified Ads
Jackson Superstar

posted by Gary Rempe

Beautiful boat with awesome performance. Very lightly used...

AT Geronimo Glass Paddle...

posted by MaxInTexas

AT Geronimo straight shaft paddle with 30 degree offset. ...

Demo 2016 Jackson...

posted by 4CRS

Used 2016 Jackson Rockstar XS whitewater kayak - lightly...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.