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Old 04-25-2012   #1
 
Crested Butte, Colorado
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Rowing the Piedra?

It's been about twenty years since I've run the Piedra and it was always in paddle boats. I'd like to row it in a 14footer but don't remember it well enough to know if this is a good idea. Any input on minimum flows, mandatory scouts, etc is welcome. Is the road open yet? Thanks all
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Talk to Alex at Mild to Wild in Durango he runs paddle assist stern mount oar rigs
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Old 04-25-2012   #3
 
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It's not a good idea, it's a great idea! I rowed my 12.5 foot cat down it a few weeks ago at around 750cfs, I wouldn't want to do it any lower, but it was a good time. It's a good idea to scout 2nd Mud slide and the Eye of the Needle. The road is still closed, but hopefully it will open this weekend kind of doubtful with a storm coming in tonight. It took us around 7 hours to run the upper and lower boxes with 3 rafts. There are some good rapids in the upper box, (Lone Pine, Limestone) but it makes for a long day.
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Old 04-26-2012   #4
 
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Thanks for the advice. I hear the road has been plowed but still closed while it dries, maybe soon I hope. Does around 1000 cfs sound like a good minimum for rafting?
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I wouldn't say 1000 is the minimum, but it's definitely a fun level that juices up the lines for rafts. Have fun.
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It's a good idea to scout 2nd Mud slide and the Eye of the Needle.
2nd mud slide is the eye of the needle... Damnit gumby!
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Old 04-26-2012   #8
 
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That river is named so messed up. The first box is the lower box and the second box is the upper, as if you were walking up it from the takeout That's what confused me on the sliding of the mud. Some of the rapids have multiple names like the eye of the needle or (second mud slide)which isn't even relevant anymore b/c the rock that caused you to "thread the eye" has moved off to the side. Whatever, I just know it's a kick in the pants every time I run it.
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So is "second mud slide" before first mud slide?
I think those Spanish explorers were hiking up river.
So when can I follow a local catboater?



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That river is named so messed up. The first box is the lower box and the second box is the upper, as if you were walking up it from the takeout That's what confused me on the sliding of the mud. Some of the rapids have multiple names like the eye of the needle or (second mud slide)which isn't even relevant anymore b/c the rock that caused you to "thread the eye" has moved off to the side. Whatever, I just know it's a kick in the pants every time I run it.
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