Roaring Fork July 3-9 or so
I'm going to be in the Roaring Fork Valley for most of the 4th of July week. I would like to paddle something 3-4ish on the roaring fork/fryingpan if possible. I am looking for recommendations of sections, potential partners and places that might rent me a round-hulled creeker for a couple of days.
About me - I paddled a ton for a decade or so. I've paddled slaughterhouse and castle creek before, both probably at levels on the low end, about 4 years ago. Thought both were a lot of fun. I have paddled a few things here in utah, around jackson hole, and in Idaho, but not much else in the west, but I have a long resume of class IV-easier V runs in the east.
I have not paddled for 2 years now (SLC is not the best place for it, had kids recently, satisfied to just ski a lot, etc). The gist of it is that I once was a passionate boater and I have some skills, knowlesdge, etc., but now am looking more for a relaxed good time than in trying to step up to the next lever, scare myself half to death, etc.
I am goign to be in the Carbondale area with a little free time next week. Unfortunately, I will be with family and none of them paddle. I would love to run something on the mellow 3 side, then, if I'm feeling it, run slaughterhouse a time or two.
So, can anyone recommend a good class III warmup type run around there? I think there are some easier sections of the RF, but I don't know what they are. If I showed up at one of those runs, could I find someone to boat with?
Also, what about levels? I don't really want to run anythnig that is at the upper limits of runnable levels right now, being rusty and all. It occurs to me that this may be a problem with my goal of running slaughterhouse right now.
Anyone care to boat with me on anything 3-4ish that week?
Finally, are there places around there I could rent a creek boat? Having kids, bikes, and other stuff in the car, I don't really feel like trying to fit a boat in. It seems I could just bring gear and rent a boat.
Thanks for any info.