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lafayette, Colorado
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Originally Posted by cahatch52 View Post
Damn. I was hoping that when I hit Medicare in December I would be exempt groover duty. Seven more years kind of sucks. You would be one of the few that had a chance to see the Yampa before it was over run with boaters and Federal regulations. A phone call to the Monument headquarters to let them know you were launching was the only requirement in those days.. I am pretty sure that my first Yampa was 1955 or 56.
"O" shit I was supposed to call first, I'm Bad. No groover, no permit, no life jackets, no Warm springs rapid and it goes with out saying no brains. I would rather be lucky than good any day.

You must remember crawling it to the cave to cool off at echo park.

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Old 03-29-2015   #32
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I boat with a guy in the PNW that I think is probably now 66. He would never post on the Buzz about what he's running so I'll do it for him. He's a Colorado transplant that came out here a few years ago and started picking off some of the NW classics. He eventually worked his way up to running the Little White Salmon at 65.

I'm 36 and it gives me hope that I will still be running challenging water (not the LWS or anything close) 30 years from now. Many of the guys in the group I paddle with are in their 50's and still ripping. I've noticed that after many years of boating, they have an innate sense of the water, can see the best lines and move through the challenging rapids with about half the strokes I take. I like to think that like a fine wine, paddlers get better with age.

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