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Old 09-06-2012   #1
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Royal gorge at low water?

New to class III, thinking about possibly doing royal gorge. It's flowing 350 right now. How does it compare to runs like shoshone and waterton?


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Old 09-06-2012   #2
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The hardest thing about Royal Gorge is that it's really committing. There really isn't any walking out, and the sides are filled with rebar and other man-made nastiness in some sections. It's do-able, but if you are new to class III, I'd say get really comfortable on foxton and waterton first before hitting up royal gorge.


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Old 09-06-2012   #3
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Keep in mind it's a long run, and the paddle out can feel even longer/slower with the low flows. It will be easier if you go with someone who can show you the lines.
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I would be available to show you the lines later next week. Maybe earler, feel free to send me a pm.
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Old 09-06-2012   #6
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The low water is not a problem. Everything is good to go in a kayak. The rafts are even still running it. You don't scrape at 250 on Royal Gorge.

I'm pretty sure that 350 on Royal Gorge is more than 350 on Foxton. The guages are not consistent. 250 on Royal Gorge seems similar to 400 on Foxton.

It's a gorgeous run. It gets cold down there at the end of the day.

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