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Old 05-18-2011   #1
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Ruby-Horsetheif in a canoe

I'm launching on Friday w/ some friends. One friend plans to paddle a whitewater canoe, she has lots of experience back east. I haven't seen RH at this level (23k on Wed night), should I be concerned, or just be ready with the throwbag?

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Old 05-18-2011   #2
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There might be some eddies to watch along the walls and some swirly-whirls in the narrow section around Blackrocks, but I wouldn't think there's anything she can't handle, in that boat with her experience.

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Old 05-18-2011   #3
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Your friend will be completely fine! Don't worry about any rapids as they are small and VERY avoidable! Go and have fun.
As far as BlackRocks, yes it gets a little swirly BUT as long as your paying attention to this minor section of about 40 yards near sites 5,6, and 7 your going to leave that section chuckling that you were even worried about it.
Have fun, its a great run for hanging with friends and family!
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Old 05-19-2011   #4
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It's fast, but very flat. I rowed for the first time in an 18 footer about 3 seasons ago at 40k there.
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Old 05-19-2011   #5
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I think our Buzz Mates miss something above, Ruby-Horsethief is all flat. I canoe it solo in a 16" Mad River Explorer with all my gear at the other end to weight the bow down in the wind. I can not imagine the misery of having to paddle that stretch in a WW Open Boat. It would be blown all around by the wind. What little there is in the way of "rapids" are short and easily navigated by a skilled flatwater paddler in a longer boat with little or no rocker that would track well.

Red River Canoe used to be in Moab, they could probly set you up with a boat.

Have fun.

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Old 05-19-2011   #6
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she has lots of experience back east.

You are in the west, and you'll be fine. This is a very enjoyable float in a canoe. Strap the necessities and have fun.

Leave the Pabst home and drink some beer that is drank by people this side of the rockies.


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