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Old 05-26-2011   #1
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Recent Lodore report?

I've read all the high water Yampa threads - we'll be there on day 3. Anybody been through Lodore at 4000+? Anything new there? We'll be there in a week, and the last time I did it the flow was about 1000!


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Old 05-26-2011   #2
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Check out kazak4x4's video:


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Old 05-26-2011   #3
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Smokin. Good thing I spent on a bigger ride. Gonna need it. Wow.
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Old 05-26-2011   #4
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Ran it in the low 7's the week after Memorial day in 2005. Looks pretty similar to the video from above. Waves were a little bigger, but not hugely so. The only thing I remember differently is hell's half mile, seemed longer, and much rowdier. Maybe that is just the difference in watching it from the couch, and actually rowing it.
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Old 06-02-2011   #5
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Lodore is easiest around 4,000. Have fun and Scout the three main drops even if you think you are good to go. I used to guide it weekly and saw lots of private trip carnage when they would not bother scouting.
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Old 06-03-2011   #6
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Lodore is an awesome paddle above 4,000cfs, I spent the last few days on a great trip. I would recommend taking a quick look at Triplet and Hell's Half. We skipped scouting Disaster and the line was obvious from my canoe. Several other forums have posts about the lines and they are spot on. Triplet is clear from the top and the line is wide. Avoid the bottom boulders on river right, they are ugly and sievey at lower water. Hells was big but I wouldnt call it a hole, more of jagged crashing wave to go left of.

The most challenging of the entire trip for rafts and the open boat was Split Mtn. We ran it around 22,000 and there are some big swift grabby eddies and some massive boils. I got a big eddy suck and in the wind ended up lining the canoe down stream about 75' (against current) to get out of the eddy. Greasy Pliers and Inglesby both have big jagged wave-holes too. The rest was good to go!
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Kazak needs some longer sticks. (without training wheels)

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