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Old 04-06-2009   #1
Cary, North Carolina
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Late May

A friend and I are looking at a Colorado trip for the second half of May. We are planning on going to some of the more popular places, OBJ and Gore, etc, but hoping to make arrangements for shuttle so that we can get on lots of different sections. Looking for class III-V.

Anyone have any recommendations for additional places that we can go for either hikeable shuttles, or easy to meet people? Also, any advice on what water levels might be around the end of May?


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Old 04-06-2009   #2
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Go to Buena Vista. Granite + pine creek, numbers, browns - all along the hwy and super easy to hitch a ride or hook up with other boaters. Much more so than at Gore, especially if you are boating on weekdays.... Plus tons of free camping in the area.

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Old 04-06-2009   #3
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How much time in CO?

Guessing with OBJ and Gore on the list you are willing to travel a bit. Would add the Poudre up in Fort Collins to the list as easy to hitch hike, decent camping(think mostly pay sites though in the canyon proper), and great class III-V. If your in the Denver area and boating in the afternoons, Clear Creek is mostly roadside and easy to set shuttles/hook up with other paddlers. Could also check out sections of the Eagle/Colorado in Vail for runs like Gilman, Dowd Chute, Gore Creek which are fairly roadside or shorter in length. Any chance you could bring a bicycle? That might open up a little bit more as well.....
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Old 04-06-2009   #4
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You can pretty much hitch on any run, that is what makes CO so manky is all the roads going up the rivers. Head down to durango there is a ton of good stuff down there that you can walk/hitch rides for (the upper A is one of the longest runs in the state and is pretty easy to hitch for). Also if you head to OBJ there are going to be lots of out of state boaters there that you can hook up with.
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Old 04-07-2009   #5
Cary, North Carolina
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Thanks for all the advice guys. We are coming from NC, so yea we are willing to travel a bit. We will be in CO for 2 weeks. My buddy went last year, but doesn't have contact info for the people he hooked up with. He really liked Clear Creek and OBJ. Any off the beaten path classics that we should try to hit?

Thanks again.
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