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Old 07-30-2009   #1
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Dumont/Clear Creek these flows

So I'm thinking of doing something I probably ought to think long and hard about.

Friday I get married, will party, and on Saturday a friend has offered to lead me down Dumont of Clear Creek. Now, it's partly dumb to do Dumont, but it's more dumb to try to leave my wedding party on Saturday in Vail and get back there by dinner. I gotta be back between 5 and 6 - so what time would I need to put on?

So I'd like to know two things:
Under normal circumstances, how long is the drive from Vail to Idaho Springs (I'm not one who drives I70 much)

Is Dumont worth running at these low flows? (259 as of this morning).
It'd be my first time on Clear Creek ever. It's sharpness has intimidated me not so much because I flip a lot, but because I can't afford to crack a boat and replace it.

I'd kinda prefer to do laps on Shoshone, because I can control more there.


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Old 07-30-2009   #2
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My 2cents: not worth the drive nor the boat abuse. My cutoff is around 350 or 400. The drive is about an hour.

But more importantly, are you planning on boating the day after your wedding day? That's setting a hell of a precedent!

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Old 07-30-2009   #3
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I would think it is pretty bony at 259, but I am not talking from experience. I have only seen it as low as 630. But for every 50cfs drop or rise makes a big difference on that stretch.

And yes, your a complete dumb ass to leave your bride the day after you get married! Find something to do with your new wife. Take a hike, go biking together, whatever. I can predict a divorce if you leave her hanging out while you are on the river the day after you got married!
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Old 07-30-2009   #4
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Can't you just bomb down Dowd Chute or something?
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Old 07-30-2009   #5
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I'm all for setting precedents and such, but two hours for Dumont? The day after your wedding?? At 260 cfs???

Not. Worth. It.
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied...learn to swim!
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I wouldn't say paddling Dumont is Dumb, leaving your new wife on the other hand...

I hit up Dumont last night at about 220, boney, but still fun. Just don't spend too much time upside down. It's actually pretty easy at this level.

I would give yourself at least an hour travel each way from Vail, put on no later than 1pm so your not rushed.

If I were in your shoes I would go with ShoSho

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At these flows you aren't looking at classic boating, just a day on the river. I personally am OK with doing ultra-low flow runs just for something new, but unless you've run all of the Eagle or are completely bored with Shoshone why do the drive to abuse your boat? Also, the Colorado above Dotsero is an option. It's pretty, has lot's of options for length, and though not hard, has decent play without any crowds.

Congrats on the wedding!
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Old 07-30-2009   #8
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Kim and I are headed out to do R/HT through Westwater after your reception Friday night... you can just come with us... I'm sure Laura would understand

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Old 07-30-2009   #9
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Don't go paddling the day after your wedding. period. No questions asked. hang with all the family in town...and especially your bride.

If you are still around a quick Dowd Chute, still runnable and play behind kayak crossing aprtments (just after the chute) is decent
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You never know - his his wife could have booked a nice day at the spa for everyone but him and told him to go get lost and find something to do until dinner with strict instructions to not been seen........

Then he gets the rookie husband of the year award!

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