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Old 06-05-2011   #11
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I wouldn't run that with inexperienced relatives and no safety setup. It will be a big flush later this week and with the sharp rocks and lack of eddies......definitely not a good idea.

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Old 06-05-2011   #12
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FrankC I do agree with you and I am watching the flows and trying to work out something with a friend to get 2 boats on the water. Thanks for your thought about needing safty. I have a buddy in a kayak going but I would like one more boat to just be there for a just in case.

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Old 06-05-2011   #13
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Hey Brett I will be for sure calling you tomorrow and maybe we can work something out.
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Old 06-05-2011   #14
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Is clear creek to tight to row down in a 14ft raft still if it reaches 1k this weekend?
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Old 06-06-2011   #15
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You can do it, but without knowing you I won't recommend it. Think of a change of 100cfs on Clear Creek like 500cfs on the Ark. Whole different game at 900+. I won't talk you out of it but here are a couple options.

You can easily scout the whole run, be sure to scout the hole at/named Subway and the 2 behind the post office (Argo). Also get a look at Twister, last rapid above Kermits, cross hwy bridge and turn upstream under the interstate. You might just run this hole over in a 14', but sends paddle guides flying and does flip a boat on occasion.

Or run it once without the family, they will probably just enjoy watching you. If it's good everyone goes next time. You can do the run in like 1/2 hour at 1000, so lap it.

One thing I forgot to mention the runout of Dizzy Lizzy (Screaming Right turn) the wall on the left looks harmless, was a fun rail slide, but the current changed and now it flips quick.

Everyone should be in a wetsuit at a minimum. It will also be the fastest water you probably have experienced at those flows. In 95 we would float 15mph through town listening to the rocks rolling under water.

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