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Old 03-21-2012   #1
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Need Lodore Beta

So I've been invited on a Aug 12th launch and need input on bringing my two boys, age 5 & 8. I'm solid on the oars, and the kids have been boating since diapers, I really need the input to ease the wifes nerves. I've scoured the old posts and it looks like the major rapids can be portaged and other than hanging up on a rock or sandbar things should be solid but any firsthand info would be great.

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Old 03-21-2012   #2
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Unless there is a big release, August levels are generally pretty mellow on Lodore.

Based on the last Lodore August float I did, I would be more worried about rocky slides and rock dodging than anything else.

Lodore at any level (even low) is a beautiful run to float even better to row.

Based on your post, go and have fun with the kiddos

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Old 03-21-2012   #3
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I ran it last August with several families. 10 adults, 6 kids. The flow was around 2600 and it was a perfect family trip. The kids ranged in age from 5 - 12. Granted these kids have all grown up on the water and we are all very proficent on the oars. It has been and will continue to be one of our favorite family trips.
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Old 03-21-2012   #4
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Her biggest worry should be skeeters.

Hells half mile can be portaged for them,if you don't feel comfortable.
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Old 03-21-2012   #5
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What is her pucker factor? Depending on flows:
Winnie's has consequence for some people but is an easy walk on the right.
Disaster is a somewhat long walk on the left, but fairly easy to stay upright as long as you hit the top slot okay. Staying off rocks is another matter at low flow...
Triplet is an easy walk on the left.
Hell's is easy to walk the top drop on the left, as somewhat longer walk to pass the whole thing. The top drop there is the only one that I think has high likelihood of problems.

Based on your description, I think you and yours will be fine in the boat for the whole trip, but you have good options for walking at the scout if things don't look good to her. Feel free to ask if more questions. I've done ~50 trips down there, the vast majority with kids age 6 and up. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2012   #6
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How are the Rangers down there lately?

Have things changed at all?
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Old 03-21-2012   #7
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We did it with a 5, 7, and 11 year old last July at the mid 2k flows and the kids had a blast. we did have the 5 yo walk the top drop at hells but that was it. Great hikes for the kids and the beaches were looking good. agreed with Asleep, you can scout everything and decide as you go. August flows are usually a rock dodge, best rapids will be in split mtn if that's the case and wave trains. I haven't seen skeeters be bad on late July-August trips myself. Rangers were cool with us.
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Old 03-21-2012   #8
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Famous last words, but at that time there should be minimal flip risk. What could happen is banging into and getting stuck on a rock. I'd say that if the kids are real good at holding on, then everybody will be fine.
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Old 03-22-2012   #9
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Thanks everyone for the input. The wife is at ease, plans have been made. Now all we need is water!
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Old 03-22-2012   #10
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low dore... in august unless something drastic happens it will be round 800cfs. it is a beautiful trip. only rapid that might pose some problems is hells half mile. easy to portage on left same as the scout hike. it will be more of an issue avoiding rocks. as the water gets higher, obiously it changes. up til like 2-3000 still not real scary.

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