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Old 04-30-2014   #1
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Cement Queen Hole - Animas Reports?

Any reports on the outcome of putting rocks and cement into the section of the Animas River formerly known as Smelter and Corner Pocket?

Heavy equipment prevented scout last week. Stuck in front of a desk calculator and would enjoy reports at various flows, esp. the sticky 2s.

Perhaps a naming contest for the new features? Here's a few to start: Lost Soul Rapid, Raffinate Wash, Boondoggle Drop, . . .

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Old 04-30-2014   #2
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Still named the same, with the exception of the new drop (Ponderosa)

Smelter is great from 800+ atleast (probably lower). Fast and bouncy above 1200ish

Corner pocket gets munchy at 1200-2000. Lots of people swimming out of it. Below 1200 is pretty friendly.

Ponderosa has been sweet at most flows. Awesome at 1700+

Clocktower is basically gone. They're planning on fixing it once the water and permits allow, along with tweaking Corner Pocket to make it a little friendlier.

Overall, I think it will be a vast improvement at lower water than what we had, hopefully making our season significantly longer.

Decent number of rafts flipping at Smelter and Corner Pocket. Rafters in this town are gonna have to step up their game, which isn't a bad thing.

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Old 05-01-2014   #3
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Thanks. Sounds like dumping millions of dollars in the river hasn't done much.
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