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Old 06-23-2010   #11
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Granite, Pine Creek, Numbers, BV park are still pretty chilly. I was soaking my injured leg/foot today and I could only take a few minutes before my foot was froz. Browns starts to warm up, but like said, if a cloud shows up you will be chilled quickly. Salida and south is where it really starts to warm up. Good sunshine on the river down there until you hit the gorge. My rule of thumb is I usually wear my cold stuff until the Ark slows to around a grand, give or take. It is better to be warm and take some rolls then cold and suffering.

Anything creeky will be cold.

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Old 06-23-2010   #12
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Six hours ago it was snow. Words to live by if you paddle in just a rash guard during your season. Bring it if you have it. Better to be too hot than too cold.

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Old 06-24-2010   #13
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Wear warm gear on top and bottom. No surf trunks allowed for Colorado creeking.

You are not necessarily dressing for a swim, you are dressing to get in the water and stand there and hold your buddy's head up while someone figures out how to get them out from under the log they just got stuffed under.
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Old 06-24-2010   #14
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coming from another southeast boater, stock up on B12 and think nantahala with sunshine in the early spring with a chance for cold rain...

drytop is mandatory... drypants should be too but you'll probably see me trottin' around in board shorts and a thermal layer unless I'm on something more remote. It might be 80 or 90 during the day, but it might get to 40 or 50 before you take off (and you're in snow melt... which granted is still warmer than the nantahala sometimes).

take everything you have and feel it out when you get there, but DRESS FOR THE RIVER... not the parking lot or hike up you can always wear less next time.

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Old 06-26-2010   #15
Owenton, Kentucky
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Well we made it to Boulder! Is their anyone willing to show us some lines on some class 2-3 runs during the day,early in the week? We're in playboats so anything that we would alright in. We are use to the Ocoee back east so anything along those lines.
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Old 07-03-2010   #16
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Just made it back to Kentucky. Had so much fun in Colorado. We ended up bringing playboats but soon figured out we should have brought creek boats. We ended up running Boulder creek on sunday and monday, Poudre on Tuesday,Boulder again on Wednesday, then we traveled down to the Salida to play on Thursday then topped it all off with Browns Canyon yesterday . That was my favorite of the week. I really hated to come back : (

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