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Old 09-01-2010   #1
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Upper C this weekend?

I have never floated the upper C from pumphouse down. Is it going to be a shit show this weekend? Is the camping first come first serve? And can young kayakers walk rapids or is walking not a real option?


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Old 09-01-2010   #2
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It will probably be busy, especially at camp spots. Yes, there is no reserving camping, either on the river or the camp sites at the river access points that I know of. You COULD walk most of the rapids if you REALLY had to, but it is really all class II. I think it would be faster and easier to swim than to walk, so why not just let them try paddling them? It is definately a beginner section, especially at late summer flows.

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Old 09-01-2010   #3
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Shit show for sure. It is most weekends, being a holiday, it most certainly will be. There are only two rapids, and if you had to you could walk them. But I agree, at these flows, they are really easy, even for a beginner.
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Old 09-01-2010   #4
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You can reserve group campsites at Radium, but I think they are the only ones you can reserve. I find that Radium or Mugrage is a little more "family friendly" than camping at Pumphouse. Of course Pumphouse can be loads of fun. Doing day trips or 2-3 day camp trip? If you put on early an take off early a 2-3 day camp float will probably work out well this time of year. I think most folks are day tripping.
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