Poudre Beta: Rustic Up & Down?
Since Front Range boaters are mobbing Northgate, I'm thinking about heading south to the Poudre with a play cat (the Mini-Cooper of inflatables). Plan is to camp over a week-night and float Upper Rustic day one and Lower Rustic day two.
Here's the question: I'm happy with fast-acting IV water, read & run, overlapping boulders, slot-drops, etc. But I don't want to lead my mates into any sandbag epic stuff. Consulting various guidebooks, eddyflower, etc. I've found Upper Rustic rated as Advanced, mellow III, III+, etc. Lower Rustic gets a IV or Expert, generally speaking, with mention (but no details) of Grandpa's Gorge.
Are there nasty objective hazards? Is a confident (or overconfident) III boater likely to get in a fix?
(Glad to exchange beta & shuttles for Northgate-Six Mile Gap for the same on Poudre turf.)
yrs in the art,