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Old 07-16-2013   #1
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Taylor or Gunnison gorge? In CB for the next week.

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Old 07-16-2013   #2
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You should do both, the upper Taylor is beautiful and a very fun class III run and should be done at least once if your in the area, it might be the easiest shuttle ever as well. The Gunni Gorge has a lot more logistics to figure out like shuttle which is 2 and a half both ways and then there's the mile hike in but is still very much worth it. My advice is to do it as a overnighter. Hope everything works out for you Paul

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Old 07-18-2013   #3
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If you can only do one or the other, I'd totally recommend the gorge. The Taylor is fun, but not even close to big. For me it's mostly a run I do only if my friends get the afternoon off. It's technical though, for a class III. It's pretty too. Also it's really shallow, EVERYWHERE.
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Old 07-19-2013   #4
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if you want scenery then go float the gorge. if you want action then come and lap the taylor like three times.
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Old 07-19-2013   #5
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I just ran the gorge as an overnight IK trip last weekend. It was awesome. Flow was 700, which was perfect for an intermediate boater like me that had his 13 year-old son along, although I still scouted a lot.

If you are planning an overnighter, just be aware that the hike down is a real bitch if you are carrying very much gear. Also, be aware there are not lots of people down there if you get in trouble. At times, we went 1-2 hours without seeing anyone else.
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Old 07-19-2013   #6
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Hey denali, how was the road to chukar?
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Old 07-19-2013   #7
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Originally Posted by mjpowhound View Post
Hey denali, how was the road to chukar?
It was the only time I have been back there so don't have any comparison point, but it was fine. It's definitely 4WD in places, but so long as it hasn't rained recently, it should be fine. I have an extended length Expedition so while 4WD, it has a long wheelbase and isn't the best on 4WD roads and I had no trouble. Again though, if it had rained a lot recently, I suspect I would be writing a different response.

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