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Old 04-12-2012   #11
Pugetopolis, Washington
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He's talkin yampa,not the SJ. Though there comparable enough,if you ask me. Yampa having slightly more features obviously. And there's always Split mtn. Gnaaaarssssuuuuurfff

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Old 04-12-2012   #12
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If you can play in a park, you can play on the Yampa

And if you get bored, haul out onto a raft a drink for a spell.

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Old 04-16-2012   #13
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I would not take a kayak at all on the SJ, but if I was going to take one on the Yampa, I sure as heck would not take a long boat. What is the point? To race down to the next campsite?

Just above the confluence, there is a world class hole that is big and fluffy and worth hiking back up to two or three times.

Still, I think the best route to go with a low water Yampa trip is a ducky or a short raft. My next choice would be a short kayak. The last thing I would want to be stuck in for five days is a big hog that is not designed to play in. Again, what would be the point?
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Old 04-16-2012   #14
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My mistake!!

For some reason I thought he was asking about the San Juan.

My apologies.

At some water levels there are for sure a couple or so big fun rapids on the Yampa.

I have seen experienced GC boaters get out and scout Warm Springs at high water.

Last afternoon at some water levels, the Split Mt section can get to big water status as well..

Have a good time.
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Old 04-19-2012   #15
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You're right, and that's what makes the Yampa such a special river, no damn dam! It still has the potential to truly flood!

Great trip, you'll love it.
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Old 04-19-2012   #16
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You won't see whitewater until day 3 at Warm Springs Rapid. I've done this trip and kayakers typically throw their boats on a raft and play when they're sober enough - or just when they see a wave. Great trip though - like many others said - tag along on a raft and enjoy the scenery. It is Beautiful!!!

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