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Old 04-21-2004   #1
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Need more beta on Yampa Cross Mountain Gorge

We're looking at running the Yampa Cross Mountain Gorge, but we've heard different things about the difficulty at different water levels.

CRCII says at very high water, class V boaters have "I saw god" experiences. Someone else says that at 1000 cfs, it is a tame run.

How is it at 2500 cfs?

At what level does it get IV+? V-?

CRCII has it as a class V above 2500, but that doesn't seem right.


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Old 04-21-2004   #2
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I paddled it for the first time earlier this year (demoing a ZG) - the level was near 3000 I was told. It is not class V at this level. I'd expected a narrower river bed, more high-volume creeky run by the CRC description, but it seemed more of a river run to me. Mostly it's squirrelly fun read-and-run class III and IV. We scouted a a couple rapids, I don't remember the names. If you're in there without a guide I'd just scout major horizon lines. I flipped a few times getting used to the ZG, it can be swirly but with a fast roll no problems.

I'd guess the "i saw god" experiences probably start around 4500 and above. It was pretty basic IV at 3000. High water would be a hoot.
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