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Old 08-07-2015   #11
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You should be able to run from Pinnacle Rock to Parkdale just fine (or at least with the same flow as the day before). It takes a couple of days for the flow drop to get there.

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Old 08-07-2015   #12
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Love it, DesertRatonIce!!! I'm into technical boating! Definitely my favorite, but not that exciting for my passengers. But they're getting a free trip, so what do I care! Anyway, we're playing it by ear and deciding next week if it'll be Browns or Bighorn. I'd love if more people could join!!!

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Old 08-07-2015   #13
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Slow current allows for easier timing of your moves, and I remember there being many clear routes, for a more experienced boater anyway. Paddle boat was fun at low levels, I didn't miss oars at all. The raft ripper line just plain sucks, haven't really assessed the possibility or value of a portage there. Perhaps you can find a little smaller boat.

Yes, lower stretches like parkdale will have a little more water, but they just ain't Brown's.

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Old 08-07-2015   #14
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Raft Ripper goes at 350. Just one strategic low-side, soft floor, rock slide and you don't even stop.
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Old 08-07-2015   #15
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Originally Posted by DesertRatonIce View Post
Bring any type of craft on the 16th, Browns only really gets bad when its in the mid to lower 300 cfs range. Dont be scared about rubbing a few rocks, these rafts are made for that. Pinball can get a bit squirely at the exit moves and No. 5 in the staircase can cause you a problem if you arent ready. Widowmaker isn't bad but the thumb rock can be a bitch, just duck. Raft ripper is always the best. Charge hard left and pray you make it. I love this level and too me its about as fun as highwater. A lot of people are afraid of technical boating but it also makes you a better one. I hope to see you out there on the 16th in a raft!
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