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Old 05-22-2006   #1
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Yampa this week

Put on wed should be around 12k. have only done it at low water. Any feed back would be cool. sj

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Old 05-22-2006   #2
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Thought I hit it a few years ago at high water (13K sounds right). Big surf waves and whirlpool canyon is sweet. I think Matt C. swam through Maytag 2x.
Once, he couldn't roll his kayak. The second he volunteered to go down tandem in a duckie, because someone was too scared. The copilot bailed in the entrance and Matt ran it solo thru the meat. He was like a magnet.


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. - Helen Keller
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Old 05-22-2006   #3
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Because of the way the rock strata lay (if you don't have it, the Dinosaur geology river guide is a good read), pretty much all of the big rapids are the same: start centered and pull a downstream ferry to the right through the lateral to avoid the big hole further down on the left. Little Joe and Five Springs might be exceptions - I don't remember a particular run through them. Tepee has a long (>1/2 mile) run out of wave trains / boogie water that makes clean up tough if someone flips. The scout at that rapid is at the camp, kind of a long ways above the rapid. The scout beach at Warm Springs doesn't have the greatest eddy, so be a little on your toes as you're landing. Also watch out for Surprise hole river right just around the corner below Warm Springs (although on second thought at these flows it might actually be just a wave). Split picks up too, you can make the last 8 miles in <1 hour if you run right through.

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Old 05-23-2006   #4
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Thanks guys I am gonna be the only kayak. So i got to get it on the fly. looks like the hiking shoes will get a work out. sj
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