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Old 05-05-2015   #11
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Get to the Piedra near Pagosa Springs, CO.
It's coming up again.
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 09349800 PIEDRA RIVER NEAR ARBOLES, CO.

Mamma Chama is a mellow 15 miles near Chama, NM, but the El Vado lake takeout is tough.

Durango town run would be fun and maybe a chance to hook up with locals for other runs.

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Old 05-05-2015   #12
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My two cents...

Embudo is really low. Probably not worth the drive now at those flows. I would hold off on NM and wait for flows to come up. If they don't come up, don't bother.

If I were you, I would head over to the front range and look for bear creek, clear creek blackrock section and cache la poudre narrows. All are running now, and we are getting pounded with rain today. Hard to know exactly what that will do to the creeks as we are typically a snow melt runoff driven flow spot, but I suspect flows will be higher.

Durango is a tough place for a IV/V paddler. Animas is low and the creeks like vallecito are solid class V that are better with a guide to the problematic scouting.

BV is a fun place to be when the water is up, but its low now. I would skip BV until flows come up.

So... my take... head to the front range to take advantage of the rain. Get the goods that are in for sure right now. Keep an eye on flows and go further if the flows materialize.

Also, gore is a great run. Its at a pretty juicy level right now, but you can portage a couple of big drops and still have a good day in there.

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Old 05-05-2015   #13
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Piedra is low but runnable
Vallecito is low but runnable (and clean)
Bakers is at the teeth level
Rockwood is always runnable
Lime is not running

Unfortunately cold temps will probably drop flows further in the next couple days. I would wait for a couple days of warmer weather before heading this way.
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Old 05-05-2015   #14
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So wrong.......
See y0u tomorrow BC boaters.
Embudo is running and coming up

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What I'm saying is there won't be a chance embudo will be in around may.

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Old 05-06-2015   #15
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BV is a fun place to be when the water is up, but its low now. I would skip BV until flows come up.
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