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Old 06-08-2014   #11
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considering that rafts commercially run the upper animus and cherry creek I find it hard to believe that all commercial rafts where off. Even here in NM they run Taos Box commercially. Maybe they just need to hire better guides..... (i do agree that if someone does come out of the raft it could be very dangerous.)

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Old 06-08-2014   #12
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Thanks for the info. I knew the Gorge was nasty with all of the extra goodies left by man. The high flow does look busy. Looks like some bigger cats would fit through there better at this flow.

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Old 06-08-2014   #13
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Isn't it nothing more than an agreement between the outfitters that above a certain level they won't run it?

Water is moving very fast through there at this level. Last time I ran it over 3k it took from the middle of sunshine clear to just before the narrows to pull a swimmer from a private raft out. The raft was not able to move as fast as the swimmer. A group of unknown kayakers were his only hope.
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Old 06-08-2014   #14
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Insurance carriers won't cover accidents if the water is running over 3000 cfs. This is primarily because the rapids become continuous and swims can be very prolonged. There is rebar in the narrows. Really, the run is not bad at high water as long as you don't swim. Big, fun roller coaster waves. Boat eater is probably the most consequential hole.
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Old 06-08-2014   #15
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Makes sense to me. With that much debris in there it makes it even worse.
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Old 06-08-2014   #16
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Awesome Video

Thanks for posting. Awesome video of the Gorge

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