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Old 06-11-2009   #1
Dallas, Texas
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Visiting CO next week - looking for beta and friends!

Hi there,
My name is Will. I'll be visiting CO next week for an indefinite period of time - probably about 3 weeks. I'd like to do as much paddling as possible, on anything up to moderate class 5. So, I need to make some new friends!

I'll be coming in from the south and may or may not go to FibArk on Thurs-Fri (any thoughts on this?). But I will most likely go to Telluride for either Sat or Sun or both. After that, it's all up in the air.

I'll be car-camping and will probably take my road bike along (sadly I had to sell the mtn bike).

Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated:
What's a good itinerary?
Which rivers are a must-do?
What is the best CO Whitewater guide book?
What are some great camp spots?

Please get ahold of me here or call me (starting next week) at 214-551-8387. I can't wait to paddle CO!


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Old 06-11-2009   #2
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MILO, this one is yours

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Old 06-11-2009   #3
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Read Whitewater of the Southern Rockies (the answer to your third question), or at least skim it from cover to cover. Then look at the gauges. Then return to this thread. At the very least we need a little more info about what you're looking for. At this point, the question reads something like "tell me everything you know about kayaking in colorado."
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If you are trying avoid the mank, here are 5 runs that you should NOT do!

the source of boulder creek
clear creek of the ark
west fork of clear creek
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Old 06-11-2009   #5
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Originally Posted by craven_morhead View Post
Read Whitewater of the Southern Rockies
cool. thanks.

Sorry for the generalities. W/o an established itinerary it's hard to ask specific questions. Basically any suggestions you can provide are appreciated. At this point, all I know is that I'll be leaving TX next week and arriving at Telluride by Fri or Sat, probably by way of Salida.

I'll update as plans progress (assuming I can find WiFi along the way).

Thanks again,
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Old 06-11-2009   #6
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After Telluride, I would head back to the Ark Valley for a bit if you do not hit up FiBark on the way or head back again anyway. Tons of camping, good water, and a good chance of hooking up with people to paddle with.

Then I would consider driving over to Vail valley for some boating on the Eagle, not as good camping as the Ark but can find some nice places outside of the towns on the I-70 corridor. Next, head west to Glenwood Springs and boat the Colorado/Roaring Fork/Crystal.

Maybe hit the Poudre after that in Fort Collins, leaving Denver/Front Range stuff to hit on your way back down to the Lonestar state.

One nice thing about not having a set schedule is you can go where the water is best. Its been a weird spring with cooler weather and lots of rain so like advised above come up with some runs on your must do list, check the gauges, and then make a plan.

Runs I would put on my list (flow dependent) to check out in the guidebooks:

-Ark: Granite through the Numbers, Clear Creek of Ark, Royal Gorge
-Eagle: Dowd Chute through Avon/Edwards, Gilman, Gore
-Glenwood Area: Slaughterhouse, Bogan, Narrows, Glenwood wave if you playboat
-Poudre: Middle Narrows (Lower Narrows being worth a scout) on down
-Front Range/Denver: Multiple sections of Clear Creek, Bailey, Foxton/Waterton

I think I need to take a sabatical now - stupid work.
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Old 06-17-2009   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions! I look forward to getting on these runs!

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