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Old 01-26-2011   #1
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stepping it up

I really want to step it up this year with boating, mostly in terms of creeking/river running since playboating is easy to get to. I'm IV- boater and I would like to be a solid IV+ boater by the end of this season. I plan on doing the Numbers at 1000 or more during the season but other than that I don't know of any IV-IV+ runs. If you know of any please reply, thanks.

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Old 01-26-2011   #2
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Pine Creek at lower flows.

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Old 01-26-2011   #3
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Poudre, Middle Narrows (IV, IV+ around 3 ft or more?)
Poudre, Lower Narrows (probably V- at <2 ft, but worth looking at)
Big Thomspon, below the Gnar
Bailey, portaging the Vs
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Old 01-26-2011   #4
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Lets start with whats close to you:

Lower South Boulder
Lower Boulder Canyon
Alto Alto
Upper and Lower Clear Creek (without Blackrock)

A few others I would look at are:

Middle Tenmile
Barrel Springs
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Old 01-26-2011   #5
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Dumont section of Clear Creek
Lower and Upper Clear Creek
Black Rock on Clear Creek portaging BR, Tunnel, and Rigor depending on flows
Royal Gorge at higher flows
Dowd Chutes on the Eagle
Gilman at some flows with a good guide walking slurry pipe
Alto Alto
Cross Mountain
I think Steven's down on the Poudre at bigger flows has some good class 4 in it.

Definitely have choices. I know its falling to the way side with the issues they have had, but eddyflower is a good resource.

**lmyers beat me to most of these but I am too lazy to edit my post
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Old 01-26-2011   #6
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Don't worry about a specific sequence of rivers - the water levels will swing the difficulty greatly. My top tips are to learn to anticipate how the water is going to affect your boat, think through the rapid before you commit and don't be afraid to walk.
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Old 01-26-2011   #7
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Check out the stepping stones thread that was put together a few years back. Has good local info: Stepping Stones - EddyFlower Forum


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