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Old 04-19-2012   #1
Kayenta, Arizona
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Race-Course/ Taos Box


Traveling to Taos next weekend, and hoping to get some boating in. We had originally planned to take the raft and run the box, which now looks out of the question barring a miracle....

So my new Question...We plan to run the racecourse. Right now the flow is around 450. Should we bring the raft and try for a low water technical run, or simply plan on bringing the duckies?

We are comfortable in low water and technical moves, but is this boat abuse for the raft? Will be have more fun bringing the duckes and our Mt. Bikes and planning on a multi-sport weekend instead of all white-water?

What do ya'll think? Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-19-2012   #2
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Set the raft up with paddle assist or full on paddle raft and have some fun making the moves. Duckies will have a blast.

Eat some after noon BBQ at Sugar's a few miles down river from Pilar takeout.

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Old 04-19-2012   #3
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It is just the two of us, and we have not run it as a paddle rig before. We will probably just go with the ducks, and then be able to take the bikes as well...

I will certainly check that BBQ place out. Thanks Okie.
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Old 04-19-2012   #4
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more fun in little boats. theres even surf spots duckies can get into.... Less rafting, more better. lol.
10-12' rafts will have fun, but in duckies it will be a blast. low stress fun...

I dont know if you're familiar with the RC, but if not, Just make sure and scout Big Rocks rapid (look for the giant 'baby huey' boulder below the low bridge. its a fairly easy L to R slot move, above a huge midstream rock. but you dont want to drift into it unawares. The River left side is the toilet bowl,right where you would scout from the road. dont want to go in there as its way undercut, ad fyi the downstream side of the slot is undercut badly.
so the slot is really no problem unless once again, you drift into it sideways (seen it once or 300 times with guided ducky trips at low water. we would set safety on both sides of the slot, because it's the one legitimately dangerous spot on the RC.)
oh ,and and After five & sleeping beauty surf spots are just downstream from big rocks.
and x2 on Sugar's. its the bomb! Blue Heron microbrewery is also in Rinconada, 2 minutes south of the county line take out.

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Yeah, if you haven't seen it before, definitely road scout Big Rocks. It's an easy move once you see it and know where to go. Toilet Bowl goes for sure and I think it is one of the funnest move on the section. You can hike right down to it from the road, so for sure look at it first. Have fun!
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Old 04-19-2012   #6
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totally happy raftable at 450! Man, that's high water for them parts! But yeah, duckies probably much more exciting! an R2 at that level would be fun too though. Tootally second all the bigrocks advice, check it out, slot move is technical but fun. And totally second the sugars & blueheron advice too! Have fun!
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Zoley's in Dixon has good eats, Chalaco always takes good care of us. Also you can get a brew at the micro brewery in Rinconada.

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