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Old 11-13-2003   #11
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The Tampaon (also called the Puente de Dios) is Class II-III; playboats are fine but there's not a ton of play- more of a scenic run, really. The Salto is a waterfall run that you can run in a playboat, but there are no playspots besides eddy lines, and there are a few spots where the pin potential is significant. The Ojo Frio & Micos can be run in playboats as well, but dropping falls with your feet crammed into a playboat never made a lot of sense to me. The Santa Maria and the Verde both have some pin potential and are long days with very little to no playspots. The crux of the Santa Maria is similar to parts of the Upper Taos Box. Chances are the Verde will not have enough water in it in late December /;early January anyway.

Its all about personal preferences; if you have a "middle" boat in your quiver, you can take that. I take a creek boat these days, but I'm going earlier (next week) to catch higher water. If you're definitely planning on hitting the coast (there's a decent jetty break at La Pesca) & you have enough room, strap an extra playboat to the top of the truck to trade off.

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Old 11-13-2003   #12
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some pictures...

Sounds like El Flaco said all there's to say -- I don't have anything to add. If you want to see some pictures, I do have some of those, to complement his answer:

I enjoyed Rio Tampaon a lot, for me it had the added edge of going with one friend and scouting most drops, i.e. a bit of an expedition feel Beautiful water, and incredible huecos (swiss cheese holes in the rock) all around it. Even though it wasn't challenging paddling, it was so beautiful that I'd love to go back there.


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Old 11-14-2003   #13
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Agreed, El Flaco covered it all. Joe, I think a creek boat would be over-kill. The water will be low, and in the 4 trips I've done there, I never needed anything bigger than a xxx.

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Old 12-02-2003   #14
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it's mexico. Everyone boats everything in playboats. If you are already heading south Veracruz is worth the trip and Jalcomulco on the rio pescados is the place to be.

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