Originally Posted by jefflaforge
The upper Animas looks awesome- do you have to take the train to shuttle out if you don't plan to run the Rockwood Box or is the hike out manageable/ easy to find? I should clarify that one member of the group is just getting into class IV, is it an easy portage around the bigger drops of the run or do you have to run all of the big ones?
Think the Gunnison Gorge will be in?
I would add a couple recommendations... Regarding Westwater, I would run it in a day, and then camp either at the take-out, the put-in, or somewhere in-between. That way you can take your playboats, and surf your brains out (at lower levels). And you don't have to worry about bringing all the extra junk. Plus, if you get another permit, you play it again the next day, which you might want to give yourself the option to do in case CO is snowed in. And WW has a really easy (1 hr bike shuttle)
Also Upper A is awesome. But it is a really long, cold run. Everyone should be feeling froggy for that one. Though you can walk all the big drops before Rockwood.