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Old 03-18-2016   #21
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I've seen dead floating cows, but never seen on in the Room of Doom. Always lots of debris though. Used to be a right of passage to get a Doom Stick from a low water voyage into it.

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Old 03-18-2016   #22
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I haven't seen a cow but I saw a spaceship. Seriously, I think. It was red and it was completely circular and it spun clockwise like a top. It's axis barely strayed. I watched it until I saw a 10 foot curl off the right wall falling onto the front of my cat. I needed to pull away and leave the spaceship behind before further exploration.

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Old 03-18-2016   #23
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Like others, I've definitely seen a dead cow in the river but not in the Room. I had one guy tell me a story about a dead dude being in there after an accident at high water. No idea if it was was probably a decade ago that I heard the story. I vaguely remember the guy talking about assisting the rangers with extracting it.
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Old 03-19-2016   #24
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I have seen a carcass of a bloated dog in there a long time ago.

Speaking of cows: I saw 15-20 dead cows on a Yampa trip some years ago. It seemed like every bend in the river we saw a dead cow. Evidently, they fell through ice the prior late winter and drowned. I read an article afterwards about the ranchers loss that early spring/winter.

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Old 03-19-2016   #25
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We did the Muddy from I-70 down a few years ago and counted 13 dead cows in or next to the river.

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I have seen a dead cow in the Room, all rigor mortis and bloated. I was glad I was not sharing the room. Nasty. Made an impression on me as a kid. It was probably 25ish years ago.

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Old 03-20-2016   #28
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Should be an awesome trip.

I have never seen a dead cow in room of doom, but I have seen one on WW, and a few on other rivers, and finding one in the room would not surprise me.

I think I heard that some folks found a human leg in the room some years ago, and paddled out with it to give to the authorities.

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I am surprised no one mentioned Little D hole at low water, that hole has given a lot of people trouble at lower flow and since it's the first real rapid on the river, it's good to pay attention to it.

Usually yakers are playing in it, giving you a good idea where the hole is. I usually go to the left of it and then miss the crazy eddie lines.
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Old 03-21-2016   #30
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I believe my rafting partner has a picture of a dead cow in the RofD... I will ask him and if so I will scan it and post it.


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