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Old 03-01-2009   #11
Colo Springs, Colorado
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From a rafting perspective - In my 14 foot raft 4200 was roaring fast fun. At about 2000, 2200 or so is where it seems more technical to me, regarding holes, quick maneuvering, etc. At 3000 and higher where I remembered & expected holes I saw big fun waves. Except Sunshine: That was still crazy!

Hats off to the kayakers. They were looking good!


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Old 03-02-2009   #12
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On March 1, 2009, a group of 4 extreme kayakers tackled the infamous royal gorge section of the arkansas river at gut wrenching flows of 568.429 cfs. We think that this is the highest that the river has ever been run on the date of March 1, by 4 boaters, when 50% of the boats were orange. Guinness is checking the records as I type.

Recent reports that the gorge was "ice free" meant little to our hardcore expedition. We prepared for the unknown by bringing extra supplies such as hot tea in a thermos, cliff bars, some gummi bears, and a breakdown paddle. With fear in our hearts we launched, wondering if we would ever make it to the end of our journey and the ice chest of cold take out beers waiting for us.

Once on the water we encountered fierce rocky class III rapids, with class V brain freeze consequences for flipping. Battling freezing cold hands and legs cramped in playboats, our crew pushed into the depths of the gorge where no other living creatures dared venture (except tourists with flashing cameras and a few pairs of mating ducks, oh and the folks on the train).

The depths on the inner gorge challenged our crew to the max. One gnarly rapid forced water into my ear, and forgotten ear plugs meant that I had to paddle the rest of the entire rapid with water in my ear, and my equilibruim comprimised. Another boater flipped after an incredibly brave and purposeful surf of a monstrous hole. Only his skull cap saved him from a brain freeze that could have required a climbing evac led by Sylvester Stallone, who has on standby at the rim of the gorge monitoring our progress.

We emerged from the gorge unscathed, and the sight of the truck quickened the pace to reach our victory takeout beers.

Please, for your own safety do not attempt this kind of stunt. We are trained professionals, who have spent countless days learning to kayak on the internet.

As a final note, I would like to thank our sponsors....

-Modelo in a can
-Mr. Grippy's duct tape emporium
-Expedition grade chips and salsa
-Fruit Slammers extreme gummi fruits

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Old 03-02-2009   #13
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Oooh, oooh,

Have you got any gummi fruits shwag to pass out to the adoring masses?
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Old 03-08-2009   #14
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hey, I'm glad eveyone enjoyed it.
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Old 03-08-2009   #15
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i once paddled with ian and i've never felt the need to paddle again. it was the pinnacle of my career. 'yall are soooo core. cold fusion core.
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Old 03-08-2009   #16
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Originally Posted by cosurfgod View Post
Front rangers are such tools. I kept waiting for yeti to show up and call it class V.
heeeeeey ahahahahaha that was a good one! damn son u r 2 funny

and dont ever call me a front ranger again. i may not be a V kayaker, but i am NOT a front ranger. i'll take the other rip because it makes me laugh. but if you call me front range again im gonna arrest ya and putcha in my closet, thats what im gonna do

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