Originally Posted by lmyers
Gila? Anyone know the elf minimum for the Wilderness run? That might be something to experience before it disappears...
I once put on the Gila in February at about 95 cfs in a 12' Avon... It was brutal... but it was an experience I'll never forget! (I was also about 16 years old...) Another member of our crew was rowing a shiny new 14' SOTAR & she rocked it! (her biggest issue was her long oars.) We only had one popped boat, and it only took us two days longer than expected, and it only snowed a little bit... Gorgeous though! Definitely hop on the bandwagon of voicing the importance of the Gila if you haven't been already! They are trying to dam it... and at this point it looks like they're winning. :'(
Otherwise, really, just about anything is boatable at just about any level, as long as your willing to play rock dance games! I have duckied the Verde at about 50 cfs, I have worked the Rio Grande racecourse commercially down to 147 cfs in 12'rs, run Browns Canyon at 240 cfs in a 14'er, (worked it commercially down to about 280 cfs in 13'rs.) ELFing is totally a personal thing more than a craft or flow thing, (within reason.)
Your biggest concern this time of year really is ice, which does make AZ generally a better winter option, though if you check the weather for long warm spells, the Chama could totally rock.