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Old 05-10-2016   #1
Basalt, Colorado
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I am running the Gunny Gorge next weekend, May 21. Can anyone tell me if it is really worth it for the mules? He is giving me a 5 mule minimum and as of now there are not other trips going so I would have to foot the bill for $500. Anyone hike all of their own gear in before? Coolers, camping gear, etc (BEER!) Would anyone be interested in doing the trip with us? We're going to set up a camp and stay there for 2 nights and spend a day adventuring around

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Old 05-10-2016   #2
Montrose, Colorado
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Usually am interested, but have graduation to attend that weekend. You might also be looking at VERY big water in the Gorge. Here is the forecast from May 6th which shows potential for 8k around the 21st:

Aspinall Unit Operations ROD
The year type is currently classified as Average Dry
The peak flow target will be 8,070 cfs and the duration target at this flow will be 10 days.

Pursuant to the Aspinall Unit Operations ROD, releases from the Aspinall Unit will be made in an attempt to match the peak flow of the North Fork of the Gunnison River to maximize the potential of meeting the desired peak at the Whitewater gage, while simultaneously meeting the Black Canyon Water Right peak flow amount. The latest forecast for flows on the North Fork of the Gunnison River shows a peak of around 2,000 cfs occurring this weekend. This peak is followed by a couple days of lower flows and then higher flows are expected to return by the next weekend. If the forecast for flows on the North Fork of the Gunnison River continues to show a rise, the start of the ramp up towards the peak release may begin next week.

It is expected that the ramp up to the peak release will take 8 days. The current projection for spring peak operations shows flows in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon in the 5,000 to 5,500 cfs range for 10 days in order to achieve the desired peak flow and duration at Whitewater. If actual flows on the North Fork of the Gunnison River are less than currently projected, flows through the Black Canyon could be even higher.
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