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Old 09-20-2007   #11
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Mmm...yeah, back in '44 I soloed the first half of the Black in a decked canoe I made from birchbark. About halfway (where you guys portage now; I didn't have to because I hit it at the peak, almost 8000), Gramma rappelled in and finished the run with me in her inner-tube (she had a set of handpaddles we crafted out of beavertails we got when were were hunting in the Northwest Territory back in the winter of '39). Ahh, I remember the good ol' days back before Frontrangers know what kayaking was....


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Old 09-20-2007   #12
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Yeah, right around 7,000 cfs.....mmmm.

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tracks in the black go from gunnison, under blue mesa/the rest of the aspinall unit (where i am guessing those pictures were taken) to cimmaron where the train left the gorge, check out the old monument there on the next trip by.
To answer some questions, this was taken in mid-June of 1944 at a point in the Black Canyon some five miles below today's Fluff Muff, and about the same mileage upstream from todays Morrow Pt Dam.

Andy was dead on, except the tracks never went down through the WHOLE Aspinall Unit, just Blue Mesa and Morrow Point. The train then exited the gorge via the Lower Cim gorge, and that roadway is the old train grade.

My dad is a big time railroad buff, and he got a movie a couple of years ago called "Gunnison" that had a bunch of shots of the railroad from the 40's and 50's around the valley. Some really fantastic shots of the Gunnison channel that is now under Blue Mesa Res, nothing too gnar, but looked fun. The Black Canyon stretch from Sapinero to Cimarron looked to be really similar to Glenwood or Gore Canyons, with big boulder gardens in a pool drop format. Theres some good footage in that movie. Ill post more pics later.....

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Color photography has been around for much longer than that, says it first popped up in the 1870's. This one from 1877:


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