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Old 07-19-2005   #1
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play kayaking in the Black Canyon?

Hello everybody! I am new to Colorado and love playboating. I'm interested in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I recall posts about play kayaking in there and wondered how good it is. I would also like information on the takeout. What is up with the shortcut I've read about? Is there any good surf in there? Is the camping good at the put-in? Is the water cold? Can you do it in 1 day easily? Is the portage really that bad, and the ivy? I am planning on a Sunday run with my friend. He doesn't know much about the run other than what the "bible" says. Any information would be greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance! MITCH

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Old 07-20-2005   #2
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.....not recommended....ivy is vicious this season.....a couple of good holes......couple of surf waves.....many boofs.......several sicko splat rocks but be super picky, every rock is "suspect"....the shortcut only allows you to gain access to the put-in road....avoids the needed 4 wheeled vehicles to get out chukar road....warner trail is a serious undertaking in itself with a boat on your shoulder....3000 are still 15 miles from the careful MR. hotshot!!!! start drinking water today....eliminate drugs and alcohol from your diet!!!.....

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