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Old 05-26-2011   #1
 
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Dolores: State-Line Rapid More Difficult

I have a trip set to launch Saturday morning from Gateway.

I received a phone call from the BLM on Tuesday for the purpose of informing me that the creek that helps form State-Line Rapid had a rain event between this season and last season, blowing debris into the the river bed. The rapid is, in turn, significantly more difficult to navigate.

She (the ranger) continued to tell me a few boats had wrapped and flipped on the new features and advised me to load my boats lightly so as to be more maneuverable and to consider lining on portaging.

Personally, I am stoked on the challenge... Rig to Flip!

However, on top of informing the community, I would like to scour you all as well to see if anyone has some photos or further beta on the change.

Flows should be between 2000 & 2500 for our run of the rapid around noon Saturday or early afternoon.
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Woot Yahh!
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Old 05-26-2011   #3
 
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Dolores gateway

Yes, I will be putting in Saturday as well. Apparently a pinned boat still on rocks at entrance to Stateline. Apparently some of the other rapids also with significant new "debris". See you there maybe
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provided I get there first, that boat is mine bitches!
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Bring your river knives and pin kits... I will knife fight somebody over that gear.
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yeah, while you are doing that I will use your pin kit. and if there is beer in there I swear to god-it is SHOTGUN TIME!
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We went at the end of april....everything seemed to go fine....gets tights in there but it works.
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hmmm... we'll have 9 rafts. I wonder what the statistics show. Probably one flip, hopefully none.
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I ran it twice this april once at 750 and again at 1800. Sticking gear boats down there is tight. It is just the first part of the rapid that was affected. Flows over 2000 could be much better though. Most of the rocks are not big ones
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Here's a photo of wrapped raft in Stateline

Courtesy of Jennifer Jones, BLM, Moab, the Ranger who called you (and I) yesterday. She sent other photos but they don't show much.
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