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Old 01-31-2016   #1
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Fastest GC non-moto RAFT descent

I started a new thread because the old thread would not let me post a reply because the thread was older than 161 days??!?!

Hi team,

Quick TR:

4 of us did a 8.5 day trip, Jan 5-13th 2016, Lee's to DC. Two of us were in kayaks (Tornado and RPM MAX), the other two, who had never rafted before, ever, rowed my ancient, 16', Avon Pro SB. The two guys rowing the Avon are elite athletes, so don't get it twisted. When I say elite, I mean it is their profession to work out all day, every day. The rafters only scouted Hance and Lava, and their oars never stopped moving. They would switch off 30 minute rowing shifts. We would launch around 9am and get to camp around 5pm. We had one lay-over day at Racetrack. Personally, having done the Grand 5 times, I will never do a RAFT trip under 14 days again. Would definitely do a 6, or 7 day kayak trip, or a speed run attempt.

48 seconds of glory, our crew readin' and runnin' Crystal!!!!:

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Old 01-31-2016   #2
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Damn! Impressive for new boaters read and running!
Can't wait to get down there!

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Old 02-09-2016   #3
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That is awesome!! Congrats. Sounds like the way to get down the river without being a logistical nightmare!! Light and fast!!
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I guess the grand is just that easy ...

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Old 02-10-2016   #5
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36 hours is the record.

There is famous story of the Colorado through the GC being done in a Dory during one of the floods.

The never stopped.

Crazy stuff. It was the time they closed the river and the 3 guys went underground.
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Old 02-11-2016   #6
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That is an amazing book. A few weeks ago a guy from Colorado did the GC in 34 hrs. I wonder if they will change the title of Emerald Mile.
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Old 02-11-2016   #7
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Originally Posted by Stiff N' Wett View Post
That is an amazing book. A few weeks ago a guy from Colorado did the GC in 34 hrs. I wonder if they will change the title of Emerald Mile.
They can still claim fastest oar powered I believe.

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Old 02-12-2016   #8
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Congrats. But what's your hurry. Personally I'd rather hold the record for the slowest GC decent.

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