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Old 03-02-2011   #1
Breckenridge, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
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Looking for an R-2ing Partner and a Aire Puma

I gave my Puma to my friend in West VA last season because I was tired of fixing the "bladders" that kept blowing up. Meanwhile I sold my 12' Hyside at the end of last season also because I was tight on cash. Now I am looking to by another 11 or 12' SB boat. My R-2ing partner has a blown ACL so Im looking for an R-2ing partner and a potential partner to buy a boat with as I only have about 1500 to invest...and need about 3k for the boat I want... If anyone has a boat for sale or if anyone likes to R-2 the Poudre...the Ark and perhaps even some "creekier stuff" please shoot me an email... Peace,



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Old 03-02-2011   #2
Highlands Ranch, CO Paddling Since: 1993
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If you have $1500 buy a shredder or something like it and r-1, both problems solved.

You have your own boat and you are your own partner.

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Old 03-03-2011   #3
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I have a shredder and run the poudre, ark, and a lot of other stuff. Chris drop me a line when the water starts to rise and we can hit it.

Stingingrivers - I got my shredder last winter, only R1ed it twice, humbling both times. I am confident guiding my 14' raft down class V, but class IV feels a bit sketch R1 and even R2 in the shredder. In contrast I felt solid R2ing in a Puma and Spyder doing class V and even some V+ (Upper Taos Box, Big South Fork Cache la Poudre). I'm looking for advice. Mainly I find it a lot harder to maintain control of my angles in the shredder, especially with novices paddling in the boat with me.
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Old 03-03-2011   #4
Highlands Ranch, CO Paddling Since: 1993
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Raftus, it is all about the paddle strokes, and practice.

It took me quite a few years of r-1ing class 3 before I made the jump to harder runs. It didn't hurt that I paddled a c-1 for a bit as it is similar to paddling on side.

Also I have figured out that lower volume technical stuff is much easier to r-1 than bigger volume runs. For example I like a partner on clear creek above 800 as it gets pushy and is much harder to make the moves.

If you want, let's hit clear creek this spring.
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