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Old 08-04-2011   #1
 
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Something Sharp Tunnel Poudre

One of our rafts was torn end to end at the bottom of the rapid at the tunnel on HWY 14. I don't know what it is but it is sharp as hell. It is directly in "the line." Making an attempt to remove tomorrow AM, will update.
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Thanks for the heads up. When we drove up this afternoon we stopped and looked but didn't see anything. We ran pretty far right towards the end of tunnel just in case...rather bumpy over there. Curious to see if anything turns up...
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This new hazard has torn at least 4 boats in the past 3 days. I believe the object is the left side of the right pourover or "goalpost" just above the wall. Please correct me if this is inaccurate. The Forest Service investigated today and is going back tomorrow.

If you're rafting Tunnel stay on the greenest water you can and back away from the wall.
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Good description and location on today's Poudre Rock Report.
Sorry don't know how to post link, but its on the "Flows" tab above.

And thanks to whoever does the Poudre Rock Report, seems the Poudre is one of the few rivers without a properly located online gauge.
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Ranger Rob, Tony Falbo, two Emergency Services specialists, Ben from MWD and I (Dive Team Dave) took a long look this morning.

This looks like it is the same rock that has always been there, and not a car-part or something but may have rolled over in high water exposing sharper edges. Four commercial boats have been cut so far this week, so the NORMAL RAFT LINE down the center and left of the pourover rock appears to be compromised. Run way left, run way right, whatever you think best, but as Tony said, this rock ("Unemployment 2?") is just left and upstream of there. There's a big wave right in front of it, so it's difficult to scout from the boat.
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wait, so what's unemployment #1?
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Unemployment #1

I would guess it's the sharp horn of a rock in the center of the river just below, Three way/ Three rock/ Twin pin that is more visible when the water is lower.
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aah. we call that razor rock. that rock sucks. so what's up with this new one? did it just tip over in high water exposing a sharp side?? and do i smell an end of season z-drag rock tipping party??
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Hopefully the same person that hammered down Unemployment #1 will hit "Raft Ripper" this winter.
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