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Old 04-22-2016   #1
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Crowning Achievements in Rafting/Kayaking

Hey everyone! I'm new to this community and just wondering from all the experienced rafters/kayakers out there, what are the checklist items that any rafter/kayaker looks to achieve in their lives (i.e. Middle Fork, Johnstone River, etc.)

I'm trying to compile a list of all the MUSTS/Bucket List adventures.

I'm looking forward to all of your feedback.

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Old 04-22-2016   #2
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I don't believe in checklists. Say yes to any new experience.

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Old 04-22-2016   #3
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Why respond without suggestions on places to go? I can't say yes to what I don't know.
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Old 04-22-2016   #4
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Tumwater canyon and dropping the dam, run the mile on the north fork payette are just two that come to mind
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Old 04-22-2016   #5
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Gauley Fest. With that, you'll need to do the New River since it's right there. While you're over that way, you might as well hit the Upper Yough (MD).

If it's been raining for a couple weeks, quit your job and go to the Gauley. High water on the G is awesome!

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Old 04-22-2016   #6
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Lower south Platte, Confluence Park to Commerce City. If you can run that without tossing your cookies, you're a better man than I.
I'll boat til the rivers run dry
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Old 04-22-2016   #7
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North fork of the Blackwater is where the shit runners go when the brown is in Northern WV. Decker's creek near Morgantown, WV is a sieve filled torrent of acid, if you run that, you get my respect. Pringle Run which flows into the cheat is STEEP and you have to trespass on Military property to hike up to the put in. If you boat those three in a weekend, you should get a prize of something.
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Old 04-23-2016   #8
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So most of these are gnarly runs, that's not my thing. To me my favorites are the scenic, relaxing and enjoyble and sometimes benign extended day booze cruises.

My favorite near me are:

Smith River - for many people its the perfect mix of scenery, good fishing and low consequence.
Dearborn - bottom section Gorgeous but only one or two day.
All three forks of the Flathead, especially the SF. I hope to get back there before I die. 25+ mile pack in on horse - 75ish mile float epic fishing in a wilderness area, brilliantly clear water. The whole northfork is road accesible and is the western boundary of Glacier National Park. The Middle fork is a mixtue of pack/fly in and road accessible. Better white water than the other two.

The highest item on my bucket list is to spend more days every year on the river than the previous (following the decline of the last decade).
Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back. - Agustus McCrae
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Old 04-23-2016   #9
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The highest item on my bucket list is to spend more days every year on the river than the previous (following the decline of the last decade).[/QUOTE]

That's a damn good bucket list.

I guess my bucket list is to run as much of the Colorado river drainage as possible before I die.
Throw in some other rivers to, need perspective, and contrast.
Oh, and float to the ocean, instead of a dam.
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Old 04-23-2016   #10
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The Yellowstone, day trip from Gardner down through Yankee Jim's canyon. All very scenic except for the canyon, then it's class 3 to 3+. Might as well see Yellowstone park while you're there.

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