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Old 10-15-2015   #1
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CA drought revealing long lost rapids

California Drought Revives a River — and a Poignant History | Drought Watch 2015 | KQED Science

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Old 10-16-2015   #2
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What an incredible man. Any books on Dubois I should read?

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Old 10-16-2015   #3
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I ran that section of river on Tuesday. Spent the entire night before reading everything I could find on the net about the rivers history. Was a good experience, though hard to imagine now how it was in it's previous glory.

Some Youtube worth watching:

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Old 10-16-2015   #4
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Found this archive too... some pretty interesting stuff. Stumbled upon a fun poem about a fossil-tossing brawl.... some cool pictures, articles, memories, etc.
The Stanislaus River Digital Archive
Makes me wonder what's been drowned out in all of the other reservoirs.... wonder what lies beneath Stagecoach.... wonder what the world was like before we started consuming everything we could and building over anything we couldn't consume.
It's a good day to be a duck....
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Old 10-16-2015   #5
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Thanks for the posts...river history must live on!
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Old 10-16-2015   #6
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I think some really large and powerful big water rapids on the Gunnison River were lost when they built Morrow Point Reservoir, just downstream from Blue Mesa.

My dad is a big train buff (a foamer for those of you in the know) and he's got some movies that have old footage from the 1940's and 50's of trains rolling through the upper Black Canyon (some of them in color) and some of them were during high water, and you can see some large, powerful big water rapids in the river below the train. Not unrunnable cascades like in the Big Black, but rapids like you would see in Gore (but less blast rock).

The section from the current Blue Mesa Dam to the Cimarron confluence isn't as steep as the big Black downstream, and it was shot before the era of any dams, so the Gunny in flood at that point could have been pushing 4k to 7k, or more. Pretty incredible to see! I've got those movies on my hard drive at home, next time I cruise home for a visit I will try to upload some of them. The rapids look big and powerful but certainly runnable, and if the dams didn't exist it would be a run that flowed year round. Definitely a big loss.
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Old 10-16-2015   #7
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I am going to try and get on the section this Sunday after the, "Not So Gnar Fest."

The flow table is a bit concerning though: American Whitewater - Gauge - Stanislaus At Camp Nine
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Those videos are great. Thanks for showing them. I had ther oppurtunity to paddle the Stan this summer whiloe out in Cali working on the T. What a waste New Melones is.
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Below is a photo I shot of the take out of the run. Check out the high water mark at on the tall bridge pillar!
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That bridge in the foreground must make a nice strainer it a the wrong levels.

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