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Old 05-10-2007   #11
Focus on your own damn family, Colorado
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Great thread.

You are definitely not the people who should be questioning why anyone would want to run Bailey. I've been very interested in getting back on it after a run at 500 last year. This is the first time I could get out and there was some water. I was able to track down three people that wanted to do the run.

Brief trip report:
The first stretch at 150cfs was not bad. Only occasional rock bumping, but truly no problem.

Four falls: got a good look at the first falls. The left bank was truly scary.
The rest of it was very fun.

there to Supermax- Good clean fun. Sure a couple of rapids would have benefitted from more water, but nobody pinned or anything. that stretch is damn fun.

Supermax- Dave Bum had a nice run on the whole rapid. One swim with no consequences. Durango Craig and I ran the bottom. It actually looked easier at 500.

next stretch- really didn't feel low.

Deer creek-the level was probably approaching 350 by then and certainly did not boat low. We didn't scout it, so i only had a boat level view. What a great rapid. Colin knew the lines so we mostly just followed him. Plenty of water in DC.

I had a great day.

I want to run it again, soon.

I will e-mail eddy flower and ask them to change the gages on their site.

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Old 05-11-2007   #12
Focus on your own damn family, Colorado
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Here is a copy of the e-mail I sent eddy flower.

BAILEY GAUGE needs to be changed.
Bailey (North fork of the South Platte from Bailey to Pine).
The current Bailey gauge on your site is near the take-out(this is also the Foxton gauge). During the natural run-off the difference between put-in and take out can be significant. There is sometimes large inflows from side streams. Yesterday when I ran it the difference was about 200 cfs. When everything dries up and they release from the Roberts Tunnel the take-out gauge should be fairly accurate over the whole run.

There is a gage at Bailey
Detail Graph

If this is used as the Bailey gage knowledgeable boaters can look at the Bailey gauge and the Foxton Gauge to determine if they wish to paddle that day.

Much of this information I got from a thread on Mountain Buzz, which I started.

Bailey Thursday AM

I enjoy your site very much, please keep up the great work.

If others sent in their comments it might help.

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