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Old 10-30-2012   #21
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Rio Chama
San Juan
"lower" upper C
-all firsts this year.

Lots of returns-
Upper C
Grizzly to Two Rivers to South Canyon to New Castle to Silt (Middle Colorado?)
lower Roaring Fork
Moab Daily

Great season despite low water! Hope to be moving at more than 3 miles per hour next year and covering more distance.

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Old 10-30-2012   #22
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I did pretty decent this year between 60+ hour weeks. Personal first Ds:

Raven Fork
Upper West Prong
Little River Canyon
N. Chick/Cain Creek
Russel Fork
Big Hungry
Section IV

Other awesomeness:
Triple Crown on the Green x lots and moonlight run

Been a good year. Looking forward to tons of new runs in the PacNW next year!

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Old 10-30-2012   #23
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For the low water we were dealt, I had a pretty fine season:

Started with first trip to Cali in 12 years.

All firsts for me there:
The North Fork Yuba: Wild Plumb to downieville and a warmup run near goodyears bar.
Paulie creek
Butte Creek
Upper and lower Mill Creek,
Upper and lower Deer creek

Selway, with Alpine canyon on route
Some part of the lower, upper C that had previously been missed

Firsts for Riley, 11 now, included Westwater and Shoshone. He thinks he's now ready for whatever comes up on vimeo, including the Stikine!

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Old 10-30-2012   #24
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I think from a water management perspective the Upper C begins at windy gap res. So Byers and Gore are inclusive of the upper C.
The sunshine walked beside her
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Old 10-30-2012   #25
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I believe the Upper EFSF is from confluence to deadman. The Lower EFSF is deadman to bridge. Each of those sections is worthy of being designated separate sections since they vary in difficulty and are long enough to be a 1/2 day run each. So, that's why we need the "Upper Upper" designation for above YP. Right?
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Old 10-30-2012   #26
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For my first full boating season in CO it was rather slim, but it's not over!

New Runs for 2012:
Bailey (including a run at 160cfs, totally fell off the bubble on that one...)
Black Rock on Clear Creek
In 3 days I can add the Grand Canyon to this list as well.

"New River Experiences"
Rafting Brown's in a 14ft Achilles gear boat at ~250cfs
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Old 10-30-2012   #27
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I paddle a ducky, so I was able to make the most of a low-water year.

Personal firsts: Upper Eagle, Stone Bridge to Salida, Lower Mich, Clear Creek ID Sprngs Town Run and the one I never thought I'd be able to run in a ducky, Pine Creek and the Numbers.

Re-runs: 4 Westwaters, Browns, Bridges, Parkdale and Royal Gorge, Pumphouse, Lower Blue and lots of Foxton!

I also like paddle rafting and I did the Piedra, Upper Animas and 7 Gore Canyon trips.
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Old 10-30-2012   #28
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For my birthday, I got to run the Poudre (May 5th, prior to any fires). Amazing to finally paddle it after almost 3 years in Colorado! Lots of time guiding on the Ark and Clear Creek will do that to you...
I got the OC out on Foxton, which was amazing as well. Love that old boat!

And I cannot believe that no one has mentioned my favorite new run - BAILEY!!! Amazing to have such a great crew on the rio for Bailey Fest weekend - I don't know about any one else's thoughts, but I really enjoyed having such a big group in all kinds of craft in such a beautiful and challenging canyon. And only 40 miles from Denver!
Next year is the overnights - gotta get out to Westwater and the Chama...
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Old 10-30-2012   #29
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No doubt who doesn't love some baileys with there coffee and bacon.. I was super bummed I couldn't make the fest again this year! If you like baileys you might be interested in Deer Creek outside Casper wyoming. High quality granite class IV-V. Lots good little boofs and some fun bedrock drops. Also you can make it into a overnight if you wanted...and I would def hook you up with that, cause I want to do it too.
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Old 10-30-2012   #30
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New for me:
Swan River/Wild Mile. Physically did well, but the headgames were awful!

Met some MBuzz peeps:
Met up with rbrain for MF Flathead and NF Flathead runs
Met up with glenn for a Gallatin run

Oldies but goodies:
4 weekends on the Lochsa, first kayak swim in 12 years
Took both girls from Wilderness Gateway to Fish Creek in a Topo Duo.
8yo tried to run it solo in her Fun 1.5 and swam.

Alberton Gorge at the biggest flow my 10yo had seen to date

Kayaked the Bitterroot with my 8yo. Played with eddy turns and looked for fish.

Yellowstone (Yankee Jim) with my kids at ~6kcfs. My 10yo swam and drank a bootie root beer off her flip-flop.

A lot of late season MF Flathead runs with my buddy and his 10yo and 8yo kids. His 10yo surfed Bonecrusher with me.

Next year I hope to add the Yaak and Poudre to my new runs list.

Originally Posted by caspermike View Post
North Fork Blackfoot River... Def worth checking out..
What was that like? Did you post a trip report thread?

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Big timber and the Lochsa were the new run highlights.
Good to meet you for a Gallatin run. Let's stay in touch for more next year--or a Lochsa trip. We've always got raft space in our crew for Lindsy.

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