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Old 06-13-2016   #1
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Lower South Boulder Creek is a Heinous Woodfest

SBC is basically not navigable currently. There are many issues. I've summarized them below.

1. 3 river wide strainers below moist slot, before the brain. 2 in very bad places blind corners and in one of the bigger drops.

2. A big rock slide and downed trees blocked the easy access eddy to get back to the creek after the brain.

3. Small passages exist in the rapids between brain and broken bridge however you must be very heads up as there are some tight moves to avoid wood.

4. There is one river wide strainer below broken bridge, and it's unknown if there are other hazards below broken bridge to dam or Eldo.

Wood situation was so bad we hiked out to crescent TH after broken bridge rapid.

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Old 06-14-2016   #2
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Bummer. Thanks for sharing.

I was hoping to get on this run soon.

Broken Bridge is a rapid on upper animas.

We've always called this one bridge drop or hole in the wall.

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Sorry Dave you're right. The last major rapid, before the dam - Bridge Drop or Martin Gulch as AW calls it. Thanks for the correction. Hoping to run the Upper A this weekend - what a great run!

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Boulder creekers are slackin. Time to pass the saw down to Riles.
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Old 06-14-2016   #5
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Zbaird, awesome idea, but these strainers are huge and river wide. They will take multiple chain saws, and possibly some pretty big equipment. Typical kayak wood removal equipment won't get it done, pulleys, z-drags, etc. I'm honestly not sure how these will get cleaned out.
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Yep, Riverbrain calls it the bridge drop, so that must be correct. South Boulder Creek - Lower South Boulder Creek - River Brain

Nice work getting in there John. I think you guys are the only ones that show it any love anymore. The WW isn't awesome, but there's some fun stuff and it's a cool run. Bummer to hear the wood situation is so bad. I wonder why it got so much worse.

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