Rockwood is our year round gem. As long as town is over 350 it goes, year round.
350cfs at animas in durango is a great level for aspiring class 4 boaters with a guide, advanced kayakers jonesing will be in a playboat. It is very beautiful and you are fully committed while in it. @ 350 there are only a few intimidating rapids appraching class IV in difficulty but the intermediate will roll several times within the inescapable canyon so you simply must have a solid combat roll. Without a guide there are 2 potentially 3 rapids that you could flow into trouble had you not been shown the proper line and because it is very difficult to scout you may not be able to see the line either.
after about 800 cfs @ durango most people put up the playboats and start in with the creekers. The intermediates who have not tested the 800 mark should probably stay out after that. It becomes quite a bit more pushy and the rapids start to run into each other. All this coupled with the fact that if you do swim your gear is GONE as the river sieves out a ways downstream from the mandatory takeout.
again, if you do choose to fire it up please respect the timetable and feel free to ask a durangotang for a probe. Just don't expect us to follow your shit downstream if you swim because we are too busy boofing the daylights out of that canyon and looking too pretty to be trifled with janitorial bullshit. :-]
and el Flaco, it is a good rule of thumb that if you see the old 5hole posting you can be sure to laugh! This thread did get quite agro for some reason I guess I should appologize for that.
I need to go poop now, ohhh too late!
I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!