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Old 10-01-2012   #21
Duluth, Minnesota
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That's not funny, I lived in North Dakota for a while. Seriously though, there are a couple of good play spots in Grand Forks and Fargo on the "dirty sanchez" (red river).

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Old 10-01-2012   #22
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For rafting I may agree with you guys about Boise but I gotta say the Morgantown, WV (Ohiopyle, PA and Friendsville, MD are all the same) area is pretty amazing for kayaking. Its just West Virginia and so all non-locals just blow it off and forget about it.

The Cheat Canyon, and the Upper and Lower Yough run all year long (365 days a year on the lower yough which has an 18' waterfall). Valley Falls is the perfect place to learn how to run waterfalls (8' and 10' with low consequences). The Cheat has 50+ tributaries in that 4/5 range. Top Yough, Stony Creek, Tygart and Lower Big Sandy all run 50+ days a year. And, 4 hours gets you to the New and Gauley rivers in southern WV.

I've never been to the PNW but the WV, PA, MD border is a pretty amazing place for kayaking.

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Old 10-01-2012   #23
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Originally Posted by 1offshore28 View Post
If the North Shore of Hawaii is the Surfing Capital of the Pacific then what is the "North Shore" for Rafting?
can't be the put in at the Grand.... must have the Vibe and culture....

Salida co?

Yes Colorado, not Idaho, especially for vibes and culture.
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Old 10-02-2012   #24
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Okay, on the topic of Colorado, since no one has said it, DURANGO. Tons of history and rippers. And it actually has true wilderness paddling and a variety of class IV and V runs with different flow seasons, something the Ark Valley (which I love) lacks.

I love Boise and see the appeal. But I think Hood River has more culture.
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Old 10-02-2012   #25
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Originally Posted by caspermike View Post
Casper Wyoming is the Mecca
x2. When is Casper not a mecca for anything?

I agree with Cutch. San Juans + adventure sports = getting amongst it
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Old 10-02-2012   #26
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Originally Posted by billfish View Post
Yes Colorado, not Idaho, especially for vibes and culture.

Yes there may be a couple capitals but there is only one heaven and thats Colorado. Idaho sucks and is really only good in the short spring season. Go to the front range where you'll feel more at home among the good vibes and excellent culture and sweet whitewater!
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Old 10-02-2012   #27
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I can see what you guys are saying. I drove through McCall on my way back from the Salmon. What a shithole.
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Old 10-02-2012   #28
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Also, I can't believe nobody has mentioned the "vibe and culture" present within the Crucible on the San Joaquin, Tehipitie Valley on the Kings, and the Royal Gorge on the N. Fork American. The western range of the High Sierras represents the North Shore of kayaking in the US. Only the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado is comparable.
And Durango sucks.
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Old 10-02-2012   #29
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Idaho, especially Boise, Banks, and McCall are shit holes! If you really want the goods, might I suggest Boulder, Colorado. Affordable accommodations, friendly dog leash laws, a large collection of right wingers disguised a friendly hippies. It's great! Why would anyone want to leave??!!
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Idaho is loaded with fat ugly girls. Just saying. sorry - but true!

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