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Old 09-14-2007   #1
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Royal Gorge + Base Jumping

The gorge is around 400, hardly something I would be interested in.... but there are people (the Go Fast Base Jumping Festival) jumping off the bridge this weekend so my question is: Is it worth it to bring the kayaks and paddle the gorge at this level or should we just go watch people jump?


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Old 09-14-2007   #2
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RG @ 400 = easy & fun.....

I would def. go for kayaking down there to watch.....It's bony in places but the main rapids are pretty good to go.....Not hard mind you.....but better than standing on the bridge w/ throngs of people......

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Old 09-14-2007   #3
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DEFINITELY bring the boats.
It's no gnar-fest, but really, I think the run is harder at 400 than at 1,000. Sunshine definitely is. And the water is clear and clean and turquoise in the heart of the canyon ... Yup, my favorite time of year for RG.
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Old 09-15-2007   #4
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Hmm......go kayaking, see it from a different angle, and have an awesome day in the gorge (definitely runnable if a bit bony) to get on a crowded bridge with alot of tourons to watch a 30 second event. I think the answer is obvious.

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Old 09-15-2007   #5
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Hey, thanks for the advice. I ran it today and was definetly worth it at 400. (especially this time of year) We only saw one other kayaker and many more rafts. Sunshine was sticky for sure, got a bit worked. Missed the base jumping though which ended early because of wind.
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Old 09-17-2007   #6
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The base jumping was cool too...I was there on Friday. Didn't get to paddle but managed a photo or two of those insane jumpers. You can see one at the following link...

Bryan Kelsen Photography

I don't think I would jump out of a perfectly good tram...LOL

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Old 09-17-2007   #7
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We were there all weekend on the river, a tad boney yes, though it is runnable way below the current level. Sitting in a boat watching people jump off the bridge, out the aerial tram, bungee jumping, and climbing the walls is highly entertaining.

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