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Old 06-30-2011   #1
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Upper Upper Tenmile beta

Any beta on the section above Copper along Hwy 91? There is a little blurb on it in WSR under "Afternoon Adventure" but it doesn't say much. Is this a good level for it? Class? Wood? Etc.

Also, is middle and lower Tenmile really "Crankin'" as Eddyflower says or is it a good flow? I'm cool with class IV but try to stay away from IV+ most of the time. Thanks for the info!

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Old 06-30-2011   #2
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One thing in play on upper is the culvert at officers gulch. I usually just hit the last eddy up and portage it, have heard of far left on left side going up to 900.

If you like hitting a lot less rocks then I would say its at a good level right now. Middle is IV and upper is IV+ in my opinion.

Upper is fast and fun. Keep it straight and upright.

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The section along Highway 91 looks like good Class 3 but I've never run it and there is little info on it. If you like Class 4, I'd do the section from Officers Gulch to Frisco. It drops 110 ft/mi for the 4 mile run and there is only one eddy that I can's really fast.
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Old 06-30-2011   #4
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Park at Officers Gulch. Scout upstream for 1/2 mile and decide if you want to run the upper. There is one big hole about 3/4 the way up that looks sticky, no problem blasting over it with the fast lead in. I barely fit under the left side of the bridge at 920cfs, managed to stay upright and scraped my helmet a little. If you don't want the upper, the section below the bridge is fast and fun down to the Ten Mile Kayak Shop. Watch out for the right side of bridge there is a hole in there and very low clearance. It's at a good flow.
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Old 06-30-2011   #5
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A friend scouted Upper Upper a week ago, said it looked wood free and 3 to 3+. This has got to be a good level, basically the more the merrier with TenMile. We never got around to it but would love to hear your trip report.
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Old 06-30-2011   #6
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We ran from bottom of Hoosier to Copper a few years ago. It is 3-3+ boogie water with no real defined rapids that I can remember. The same day we did the creek from the top of Vail pass to the middle of Copper resort. It was single track boating with several low bridges. Made for a fun afternoon of lesser known Summit County runs.
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Old 06-30-2011   #7
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Nice. I've always wondered about the single track near copper/vail.

I think you mean Fremont pass. Hoosier is
Past Breckinridge

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Old 06-30-2011   #8
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Hey MJPOWHOUND - Living in Summit, I've probably run Tenmile over a hundred times over the course of 15 years. The middle section from Officer's Gulch is never more than Class IV on the easy side at any level. Every drop, you just go where it looks like you should and it goes pretty easily.

I'd call the section upstream of Copper Mountain (Upper Upper) mostly Class III+ with a couple sections that feel more like Class IV. It is, thus far, clear of wood for the year. That said, it's pretty easy to drive down the creek and hike down in a few spots to scout for wood, as I've done in the past.
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Old 07-13-2011   #9
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Good beta Riley, that was right on. The hwy 91 section was super bony last Wednesday at around 800 on the gauge. Middle down was really fun and I was ecstatic to come off the seal launch and not scrape anymore. I'd like to scout the upper sometime; if it's a half step above middle it sounds awesome.

Thanks all for the beta. Fun checking out a new run.

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