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Old 05-14-2016   #1
Denver, Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2012
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Westwater at 12000. Any takers?

I have not done WW at this flow (12,000). Only done it at 5,000 and 7,000. How does it compare?

Looking to run WW after doing R/HT on Monday nigh in a 14ft oar frame. I am at a point where I feel comfortable following a more experienced boat down. Is anyone running the canyon on Tuesday and wanting to join up? I do not yet have a permit but looks like they are still available. Thanks.

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Old 05-14-2016   #2
Salida, Colorado
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Most rapids are flushed out, but Skull really starts becoming significant if it isn't already. The swirlies tend to get really strong and swimming anywhere within the schist is not recommended from that level on up.

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Old 05-14-2016   #3
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it is not difficult, but knowing what is coming is quite helpful.

it is a fun level though.
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Old 05-14-2016   #4
Riverton, Utah
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12000 washed out? I disagree. 12,000 is just getting to the interesting levels where things can get ugly.

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Old 05-14-2016   #5
Ft Collins, Colorado
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Definitely not washed out and a whole different beast than that 5k-7k range. Westwater is quite forgiving at 5-7k you can row a boat in and out of the room of doom it earns it's name and reputation in the terrible teens.
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Old 05-16-2016   #6
Edwards, Colorado
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>17,000 as of this morning. Terrible Teens on deck!
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Old 05-16-2016   #7
Washington, Utah
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I'm looking to go, but as you, have not yet been..
If you need an extra I'd be in..
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Old 05-16-2016   #8
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I'd say watch out for the low teens, as water flows can come up at anytime now. 13-14k is known to be some of the toughest levels on WW. I haven't done it at 12 but have to imagine it's getting on the tougher side of levels. I've seen somewhat experienced groups have a lot of swimmers in the low teens. Be careful if you and your party are not experienced boaters at these levels.
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Old 05-17-2016   #9
Montrose, Colorado
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Just ran through on Sunday at 13-14k. Skull and soc were the real moves to make. Most others were flushed out in my opinion. It was a whole lot of fun.

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Old 05-21-2016   #10
Denver, Colorado
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Westwater at 21000 on 5/17

I asked the question about WW at 12,000 because that was what it was when we launched from Loma. We ran it on Tuesday the 17th when it was at around 21000! Easy boating but would have been a really bad swim.

It took us 2:40 to get from Westwater to Cisco (including 1 stop)!Little Dolores was actually one of the tougher rapids with a lot of push into the right wall (also a little unexpected). We were able to sneak Skull on the left by punching the lateral. You want weight in your boat to get through the lateral. The green water going down toward Shock Rock is the fastest water I have ever been in so set up early. We eddied out before Soc-it-to-me and getting back into the current sunk a tube completely so the main current is advised. Lots of boils and very unpredictable currents and overall a very fun level to run. The waves at this flow are very very weighty. The rangers at the put in were very helpful so thanks to them.

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