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Old 06-14-2006   #1
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Needle Creek on the Animas ...

... FINALLY got done-did .. by a couple east coasters (of course). Gordon Dalton & crew reports that it was quite good. I believe the quote of the day is "the drops were tight and quality, like a prep school girl at her first frat party"

It's a first d as far as I know. The last quasi-attempt I know of was also a motivated east coast crew, including Bo, Daniel D., Joey M., L.D., Tommy, Al G & BJ. That was back in '99. It didn't get run though, & that's a story in itself.

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Pics of the gooods, logistics, tr? Thanks.

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logistics: paddle the A to the confluence of needle & then hike upstream. i don't have the rest of that stuff. still waiting for more info from G.
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Is Needle creek the creek that starts at needelton and heads up into chicago basin? If that is the same creek a few of the drops have already been run, solo no less.

If it is not, where is needle creek?
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i wonder how far up they put in, its granite bedrock all the way until almost chicago basin, thats gotta be at least 7 or 8 mi...bitchin tho, props to those guys. ive been curious to see when it would go....
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i am pretty sure some parts have been done - keel?

good stuff tho
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Yep parts have been done

Way to go!!!! That is the goods...... and yep parts have been done but many have not because of wood over the years!!!! Some guys talked about it clearing out after last years super high water!!!! Kevin Padden and another guy ran some of it a while back..... they were also the first to run Canyon Creek further down stream......Love to see some pics it is a nice place to be!!!!!!!!! Good job!!!!
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Thanks for the props. Mut - Needle joins the Animas a little ways below the bridge at Needleton. It goes up to Chicago Basin. There were some nice granite drops. Not quite Cali style, but nice enough. I was surprised at how quality it was really - I expected worse and there wasn't too much wood IMO. We had some fun tight drops. A good little slide, some longisg boulder gardens, a boof-to-slot ("Eye of the Needle") and one manky jumbled-up mess ("Pins and Needles"). I'll try to get some pics up later today maybe.

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Nice work. Sounds like it was a schweet trip...sorry I missed you guys while you were out here. Lookin forward to the pics.

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