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Old 03-23-2012   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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What's the lowest you've ever run the Upper C in a raft?

Non-boating friends are coming into town this weekend and we were hoping to take them out for a mellow-ish day. The Upper C was the obvious choice, but it occurred to me I've never run it this low. At 573 cfs, eddyflower calls it low, but AW and others say it's well below recommended levels. Thoughts? Will some of the channels below Yarmony be nothing but sandbars? Thanks!

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Old 03-23-2012   #2
Eagle, Colorado
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The upper C is actually fairly channelized, if you know where they are. If I remember correctly, the first mile or so before the canyon (put in Pump-house) has the most sandbars and shallow braids. A windy day with low water throught he lower lakes can be tough at these levels. Many years ago when I was paid to do it, I ran it @ 450. 600 cfs is a pretty standard low water run. If its a nice day and you don't mind getting out of the boat if you get stuck, have at it.

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Old 03-23-2012   #3
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I've run it down to 400 cfs back during the Dark Times. If you want to get them into a boat again, I'd recommend hitting Glenwood Canyon or below Glenwood to South Canyon or Newcastle if you're heading out this weekend as it'll be a lot warmer down there. -AH
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Old 03-23-2012   #4
Thornton, Colorado
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Does Shoshone go in a raft at these levels?
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Old 03-23-2012   #5
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Theres enough water for either stretch. Not great, but easily passable.

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Old 03-23-2012   #6
Rifle, Colorado
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shoshone run

If you run Shoshone, you might want to walk down and scout "Tombstone." In last year's high water a new rock washed into the middle of "the move" that's normally right to left, significantly narrowing the slot. If you hit that rock you can catapult into one of the wrap rocks below it. Way doable, but be on your toes.
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Old 03-24-2012   #7
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~ 225 cfs. only one 100ft+ stretch that had some creative rock dodging and a quick mandatory drag over a shallow spot at the top of that stretch. it runs shallow at this spot even at more normal flows so no surprise. easy beyond that as long as you can somewhat read low water.

anything over 300-350 cfs just goes back to your typical UC cake walk.
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Old 03-24-2012   #8
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I ran it today...600cfs, my arms are beat. My 4 yr old loved it, and a handful of honeys in the hot springs!

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