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Old 06-06-2011   #1
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Upper Rio Grande?

Does anyone have any current beta (flows, hazards, etc) for the Upper Rio Grande?

Thanks in advance?


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Old 06-06-2011   #2
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We ran it last week... I think Friday. According to the gauge, the flows were around 1200. It was a BEAUTIFUL run. We did a 9 day tour of SW Colorado and it was the most scenic run we did. Couple sections of III. Definitely some wood. Nothing was riverwide, though in one section the right side was blocked and it was the apparent line from above. Left side went fine.

Talk about hand signals, keep spacing and be ready to eddy out.

Nice campground at the putin.


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Old 06-06-2011   #3
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boy it is a pretty float..
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Old 06-06-2011   #4
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Great trip. This is the first spring in the last 4 years I haven't hit it....yet. 1100-1200 is fun, but personally I prefer it at 600-800...lots of the features wash out at high water, and the scenery cruises by too quickly.
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Old 06-14-2011   #5
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Paddled the run on Friday. I didn't remember how bad the beetle kill was along this stretch from last year. Trees will be falling into the river for awhile to come. There wasn't any wood that couldn't be easily avoided. The Creede outfitters reported that a hazard tree was pulled out last week.
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