Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-04-2014   #11
Castle Rock, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2010
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 191
Similar to Roberts81 warning on Westwater, I would stay away from Browns Canyon if you classify yourself as beginner/intermediate. At these flows it is a bit more forgiving, but still several moves to make in Pinball and Widowmaker that could pin your boat if you don't take the right lines. Browns is an intermediate level run. At this level, Upper C has a couple rapids, but more forgiving than Browns. Ruby Horsethief has no signficiant rapids at all.

Upper C and Ruby HT are you best options and I would do Ruby HT if you are going without other boats. Both have details on respective websites (might both be BLM, cannot recall) that tell you what you need to have and give you a sense of the water. Also agree that you should pick up Colorado Rivers & Creeks. I wasn't aware that was hard to find now, but it has tons of good info.

denali1322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #12
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2013
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 55
Last time i was in Confluence Kayaks in Denver they had a copy of it. It's a great book and worth every penny. I plan trips while i poop.

Haggardphunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #13
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2014
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 16
Thanks a lot for all the feedback guys! We actually did Brown's last weekend in a mini me! We R4'd it, but I was not steering the boat... so much fun! I think we'll do Upper C next weekend and hopefully we can get out to Ruby/HT by the end of the season.
Cypress is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #14
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2013
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 55
how do you like putting 4 in a mini-me? I have a mini max and I put 4 in there a few times and it makes it so much different to maneuver. So easy to run big lines with 2 strong men in it but as soon as we put my gf in the front it rides quite differently and takes a lot more work to move thru technical lines.
Haggardphunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #15
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2014
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 16
We had 2 girls and 2 guys... I sat up front with my wife and opposite the guy in the back. It was a blast... with 4 people in such a small boat we had a lot of maneuverability and power.

How do you like your mini max? I just picked one up last weekend from Riverboat works. I put a fishing frame on it, but were planning on doing some R4 stuff on it as well. You think you could R6 on a mini max?

Browns Canyon on mini me
Cypress is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #16
Carbondale, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2004
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 50
Doesnt Ruby HT require a permit?
daairguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #17
Evergreen, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 12
Ruby-horse thief requires camping reservations, but not a permit for the water.
JessaQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014   #18
Randaddy's Avatar
Eastern Slope, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,406
What's a "wife unit?"

6 is too many for a mini max. 4 tops.
Randaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014   #19
East of the Pine beatle, Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,363
Consider putting in at State Bridge and floating to catamount take out. You'll have better camping and fewer boats- bring ear plugs for the trains on upper C- you've been warned......

Sent from my SM-N900V using Mountain Buzz mobile app
Osseous is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014   #20
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2014
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 16
"Wife Unit" is just simply my wife. lol

I've camped at State Bridge many times... I actually like the noise the of trains for sleeping if you can believe that. I'll definitely consider State Bridge to Catamount... I hadn't even thought about it. Thanks!

Cypress is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Low Water Mini-Max Options Near Denver BoilermakerU Whitewater Kayaking 16 07-06-2013 06:20 PM
best/scenic rafting spot for newbies near Denver, CO zeroklash Rafting | Trip Planner 3 04-02-2010 11:02 AM
Mid May overnight rafting Trips pcrawford Whitewater Rafting 9 01-09-2008 07:27 PM
Rio Grande options near South Fork? IkayakNboard Whitewater Kayaking 0 06-11-2007 11:56 AM
Upper Animas Rafting/overnight GoodTimes Whitewater Rafting 6 05-24-2007 01:55 PM

» Classified Ads
10' Cataract Oars

posted by rockinRio

10' Cataract Oars, rope wrapped, and two counter balances....

Royal Flush Cataraft

posted by ayears

2012 Jacks plastic royal flush 25'' cataraft with NRS...

14' steel raft trailer

posted by groovy

hand made steel welded. This was a commercial trailer used...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.