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Old 05-02-2006   #1
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Myth Unveiled

Fellow kayakers said it couldn't be done. Rumors spread of pros getting their asses handed to them there. The local kayak shop said it was way too high and wouldn't be any fun at this level. CRC calls it V+. No one was willing to risk the adventure for fear of failure. No one but me.

So, I assembled a crack team of probes from all corners of Colorado (mostly front rangers with the most to loose due to the epic drive). We met in Steamboat for a warm up on Willow Creek. "Gotta smoke this up to at least a IV+." Carnage abounded. Pins ensued. We were not detured.

After driving for hours ("I was messed up earlier, but finally sobered up on the drive out here"), getting nervous around the camp fire and drinking away those fears we deemed it runnable from 1,000 feet above the river!

All ya'll are wrong! Cross Mtn at 7,000 is IV+/V- and a solid portage-able class V. It was amazing and the best big water boating I've ever done although my big water list is really short. Very manageable, lots of edies, get their early and do two runs in a day. Thanks probes for letting me follow you down!

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Old 05-02-2006   #2
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The Fear and The Loathing would not have the best of us.................. I am glad you were there, Joe


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Old 05-02-2006   #3
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Cross - joking right - gets run at all levels...

Thought this would be a good spot to let all the Steamboaters know that No Big Names 4 will be playing at Mahogany Ridge on Wednesday. Details below:

Friends of the Yampa fundraiser

What: Friends of the Yampa fundraiser*
• Video Premiere - Hotel Charley (No Big Names 4)
• Boat Raffle – Brought to you by Backdoor Sports
• Portion of beer sales goes to river improvements
• Special Guest - Marc-Paul Gosselaar

When: Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:00 PM

Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery

*Anyone not in attendance will be banished to the “Iron Horse Hole” until further notice – per the newly appointed Routt Co. River Enforcer – Mr. MG

Bonus Video – Nick Hinds’s - Chronicles of Gnarnia

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Old 05-02-2006   #4
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Where's the sequence of Fred probing the Osterizer?! Gotta get those up asap.
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