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Old 06-02-2006   #1
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taylor river beta

hey guys,

I'd like to run the taylor below scott's drop (the commercial put-in) to Almont in a 14' avon sometime next week, any one have any useful info? eg: minimum rec. flow for raft, exactly where the put in is, portages?, overnight spots, hazards, et cetera? If you've got experience and you're keen to run it give me a shout.


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Old 06-02-2006   #2
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its a fun run. smooth, granite boulders all the way down. i wouldnt suggest taking an oar rig down it, but if youve got able bodied paddlers you should have a great time.

it takes at least 200 to comfotrably float a raft; its still technical with a lot of moves until you get over about 5 or 6 hundred. the first big drop is right off the bat, initiation, although its a fairly easy shot through the middle. trainwreck (a mile or two down) causes a lot of flips with a wrong line, and the tombstone section is somewhat difficult. other than that its pretty straightforward and easy. there shouldnt be any portages unless a fresh tree has fallen, but 3RR and Scenic will make sure its clean if it is.

theres not a great host of on river spots to camp as the run is fairly short and on some private land, but there is no lack of campgrounds in taylor canyon.

i personally like to boat the upper upper taylor from the fishing pull off rapid to cold spring c.g., but i do that in my 9' cataraft, i dont know how a big 14'r would do.

if you have any more questions, talk to parkito, hes the man to know for taylor canyon beta!
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