Originally Posted by mankster
but back to the post at hand. When will the Poudre have water?
I'm guessing 2 weeks. But, it's still fun. Come up to the Narrows tomorrow for a boofin' good time. I'll bring some beer.
As for rating rapids, no one uses this class 5+ bullshit. When I'm creeking, I prefer to use a decimal system. Class 5 is AW class 5 and then you get class 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 etc. Each step is a lot harder/stupider/more dangerous than the previous step. From what I could see in the pictures, I would go with a 5.1 rating for the big drop that some guy swam out of. The main reason behind this is that it's shallow, narrow, and tall enough to hurt you if you messed up.
Class 5: Supercollider @ 2 feet
Class 5.1: Fantasy Flight, Slideways, etc
Class 5.2: Meltdown, Cool world, Double Trouble, Big Boy, etc
Class 5.3: Doesn't exist on Big South at a sane level. But, out east I would give 40' 40' on the Toxaway, Mangler on Ravens Fork, etc
Class 5.2 is hard shit for sure. I wouldn't run Mangler or 40' 40' when I was on those runs.