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Old 07-05-2005   #21
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I don't know about you guys, but I would put Confluence in Denver up there around number 1... hell, anything on the Platte should be in the top 3. On top of that I would also say anything rasdoggy is running is going to be in the top 5. Oh yeah, what about lakes and resevoirs? Chatfield should get some mention, right??? :P

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Old 07-05-2005   #22
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Count you been on the Rouge(sp) north of montreal? That place is sweet warm big water, maybe not as big as the ottowa since this is a tributary of it but fun nonetheless.

Plus when I was up there we used to see the local girls sunbating naked next to the class 6 portage.

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Old 07-05-2005   #23
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In State:
1: Big South (whattya people thinking?)
2: Vallecito (assuming I don't get my ass kicked again next time)
3: Treasure (If the 25 footer onto the rock shelf was runable, and therfore the 6 or so drops above it, this would be number one. Anyone got some dynamite?)
Honorable Mention: Upper Animas because of the scenery and train-supported camping in addition to fun whitewater.

Out of state:
1: Grand Canyon (whoever says it's not about the whitewater is sneaking everything)
2:Upper Cherry Creek (haven't even run it yet and it makes my list just from the pictures!)
3: Embudo (early season kicks)

edit: but reading Gar's post again... if I could only have three runs and no others, meaning that is all I could run all season long, I would have to go with Bailey, Black Rock and Gore - all awesome runs and with longer seasons. The ones I picked above would get me on my mountain bike more.
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Old 07-05-2005   #24
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I can't believe 2 of these 3 in state runs haven't been mentioned:

1) Slaughterhouse- fun eddy hopping through boulders, cheep thrills @ falls, fun surf wave near the end;
2) Encampment- fantastic wilderness run with a rapid named "Damnation Alley"- how can you beat that?!
3) Ark from Clear Cr. confluence to #5- the steepest section of the Ark, and the rapids below Pine Cr. are a blast.

Out of State:
1) Forks of the Kern, CA- classic IV+ wilderness run tons of really fun eddy hopping through big round granite boulders
2) Cherry Cr. run on the Toulumne- back in the day it was the tespiece for class V boaters- OK- I'm dating myself...
3) The Grand- best boating vacation ever.

Out of Country:
1) Fuy, Chile; some of the funnest class IV on the planet punctuated by 10-30 foot waterfalls.
2) Upper Paquare, Costa Rica; slept on the rocks at the take out after 3 class IV/V gorges in 10+ miles.
3) Hollin, Equador; After running the first rapid in this 2 day jungle run you are locked in for the next 35 miles of class III/IV with one portage in there somewhere.
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Old 07-05-2005   #25
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in Colorado:
1) Bailey
2) CC
3) Poudre - Spencer, mish, lower half of big south

out of state:
1)upper/lower blackwater, WV
2)Lower Moose, NY
3)Big Sandy, WV

nice post Gary. Sorry to hear about your shoulder.

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Old 07-05-2005   #26
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no particular order here...

In CO (these are runs I really have come to miss):


Big Timber
Clark's Fork of Yellowstone (has it all, cl III & IV, ultra-wilderness run, big clV, overnighter, amazing setting, all practically back-to-back--yikes, I probably shoudn't be pointing this out).
SF of American (don't have that much CA experience, but this river has a broad spectrum (tons of sick water).
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Old 07-06-2005   #27
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1. big south
2. lake cr
3. NFCrystal vs. vallecito

Outta state essentials that haven't been mentioned:
mann's cr
lower meadow into gauley
ashlu, eh...
ravens fork
west prong
little white
and, i gotta give it up to christopher cr in AZ too ...

((sorry for all the outta state spew, but i couldn't narrow it down any better.))
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Old 07-06-2005   #28
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Oh Ya

In State:
SFClear Creek- Z gourge

Out of state:
Upper yough
Clarks Fork

There are so many more and the more I think about it the more the list changes.

Reflecting on our adventures allows us to keep the spirit of joy, happiness, hardships, honesty and gratitude alive.
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Old 07-06-2005   #29
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Crystal Gorge

Out of State:
Upper Cherry
South Silver
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Old 07-06-2005   #30
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In state:
1. Big South? Crystal?
2.Oh be - CO's answer to Disneyland. At good flows no need to get out of your cockpit and fun drops.
3. Gore - its not the biggest, but an all meat playboat run is always fun and between 2,000 and 2,500 its a totally different animal - fast and pushy 15' waves. So fun!

Out of state
1. Palguin upper/middle/lower rapids and waterfalls 15' to 75', as big as you want and plentiful.
2. Embudo - laps are fun
3. California granite - haven't done enough to know whats best; love the Love's Falls.

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