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Old 05-21-2014   #1
Evergreen, Colorado
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Upper CO this weekend?

I have never floated the Upper C and this will be the first time I have used a row frame. I have rafted for over 20 years in a paddle boat only on the Ark, Poudre, clear creek, etc., but would like to get into more floats as I continue to age.
With flows over 4k today, do you suppose that it is reasonable to float having never used the oars before? I was hoping that there might be some folks to follow down the river on Saturday and Monday.

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Old 05-21-2014   #2
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Stay left at the top of yarmony or the pour over might eat you up. Otherwise should be fine.

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Old 05-21-2014   #3
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There are a bunch of bluegrass concerts at Rancho del Rio this weekend. Campout for the Cause. There will be loads of people running that section so you should not have a hard time finding someone to follow. I will be around there this weekend, but I dont know what section I will be floating or when. Have fun out there!
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Old 05-21-2014   #4
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After going left of the hole at Yarmony work right to stay off the left wall. You don't need to move way right just be sure to keep off the left wall and the wave holes on the left as you go through, the river bends right "pushing" you left.
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Old 05-21-2014   #5
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20 years paddling in Colorado and never floated the Upper C. Wow!
Easy run, hopefully not too rainy, have fun.
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Old 05-21-2014   #6
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I was curious how people handle the shuttle for that run. Do most of you take care of it within the group, hitch hike, or hire a shuttle? (and who if you hire a shuttle)
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Old 05-21-2014   #7
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Appreciate the advice. Yep, never even been there and I was born and raised in CO. Heard good things. I will let you know how it goes.
Thanks again

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Old 05-21-2014   #8
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Park at Rancho, shuttle cost is $35
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Old 05-21-2014   #9
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Shuttle is super quick if you do it yourself.
If you want to save an hour here is the shuttle info.
Note, cell phones don't work up there.
Call and set up prior to leaving.

Rancho Del Rio
4199 Trough Road
Bond, CO 80423

ph: 970-653-4431
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Old 05-21-2014   #10
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The upper Colorado is a good place to practice your rowing. From pumphouse you have about an hour before you hit the first rapid, needleseye.

Get comfortable getting where you need to be, and learn how rowing moves the boat differently than with paddles. For me, the big difference is with paddles you put your back to the wall, rock, hole or whatever you are wanting to miss. When rowing I face it so I can pull away.

Needleseye can be intimidating at high flow, but hit the line right and it shouldn't be a problem. You should be comfortable fully shipping your oars in case you misjudge, but really it is a straight shot. Just line it up right. Try not to ride the rock in the middle, it will spill your beer.

The next rapid is Yarmony, at this level there can be a hole in there that can flip the unwary, and as noted above, go left then work back to the right to stay off the wall; it can bite if you aren't paying attention. Plenty of room to maneuver though.

There are bridges. You need to be very aware of the middle supports; at this level the current is deceptively strong going into the supports and you can find yourself firmly WRAPPED. Just don't get lax with them, and stay well away from them.

Enjoy. I suspect your biggest problem will be the traffic jams on the river.

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