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Old 04-24-2012   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Shredder through Bailey?

Given that Bailey is the best stuff close to Denver that's actually running, I've been asked by a couple people to take them down there in my shredder. I've kayaked it before and guided the shredder down a few class V creeks before without too much incident so I feel I'd have the skills.

I'm mostly curious if anyone has ever taken any type of raft down there and how it went. Any recommendations for levels or particular spots to watch out for?


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Old 04-24-2012   #2
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It goes

Last year a few of us kayakers that worked on clear creek, took some guys from my company down. They were R2ing 10ft sotars. 2 boats. The level was above 450 and it might have been more like 5 or 6 hundred. Cant really remember but they did fine. They ran everything but supermax with no problems at all, but they were all very experienced rubber pushers. Probly need 400+. Also there was at least one other couple that did it at baileyfest. It goes. Im sure we will see more of that this year! Hopefully cause its fun to watch.

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Old 04-24-2012   #3
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I convinced a rafting friend to run bailey with me last August. We ran a 13.5 foot raft at ~290. This was definitely the low side of possible, but it went. If you know the lines it's not too bad. Worst part was portaging 1st falls. A shredder would be perfect probably. 300 would be a low min for me. Over 600-650 I think it would get pretty tough in a raft - lucky for you it won't get that high this year.
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Old 04-26-2012   #4
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Its been done in a shredder. But the mank is hard on it.
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Old 04-26-2012   #5
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Did it in a Maravia Spider a few years back. It goes. Several tight spots, did some low siding. Portaged first falls and supermax.
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Old 04-26-2012   #6
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Right now there is a log in play in a random class 3 boogie rapid that would hard to avoid in any type of inflatable.
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Old 04-26-2012   #7
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You can catch an eddy and portage before the log but it would help to know its there or send the shredder under the left side and climb over the top.
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Old 04-26-2012   #8
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ran it in a puma a few years back. you want 400 or more.

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