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Old 08-08-2010   #1
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Roaring Fork Carbondale to GS: Good for novice now?

I'm a novice rafter--approx. 50 hrs of instruction in whitewater. As we get deeper into the summer, does the Roaring Fork from Carbondale to GS become easier to raft or, as the water drops, does it become more difficult? Is it primarily Type I and II water? Can you recommend other Colorado rivers that are good for novices August through October? Thanks alot.

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Old 08-08-2010   #2
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low and boney but fun, you should do grizzly to 2 rivers or grizzlt to south canyon. Nothing big on it but a nice float with some splashes now

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Old 08-08-2010   #3
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Duckied it today. Pylons and Fred Flinstoning are the the biggest concerns. It's not pushy at all, very clear and scenic. Carbondale to Westbank is somewhat braided; think right. Below Westbank, think left. Cemetery rapid has flats between drops and some rocks to avoid. Maybe a 2+. Definitely go.
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Old 08-08-2010   #4
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I plan on taking the 3.5 year old down this next weekend. I just hope that I do not flip and end up on the buzz being called a d-bag.

It's easy peasy. As blake would say: "it's go time"
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Old 08-09-2010   #5
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Thanks everyone. Very much appreciate the advice.
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