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Old 06-10-2016   #21
Pieter Porcupine
Denver, Colorado
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June 5-10 Lower San Juan trip report:

Flows were super fast. Ramped from 6100 to 8000 in a few days. Lots of debris in the river. Johns canyon pour over has a big pool that you can pull into. Lower Johns is mostly underwater but still inhabitable, same for the lower Slickhorn camps and Steer Gulch. You can eddy into most areas and row into the tighter canyons. Was a great time with no carnage and great flows.

The larger the river of knowledge the longer the shoreline of wonder.
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Old 06-12-2016   #22
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Golden, Colorado
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Just got off yesterday as well - flows above 7000 the whole way. Took us exactly 3 hours to float (no pushing, seriously) from Slickhorn to Clay Hills. The upside is that the trips between camps were very short and we had loads of time to set up shade, organize hikes, and let the kids scramble all over camp. The downsides were (as mentioned before) the debris, i.e. trash, in the river. Tires, bottles, all kinds of crap in the eddies and floating through the camps. Lots of small wood chips on the beaches too. Lots of camps were flooded out too. I don't believe that the flows added much in the way of difficulty, Government was fast but straightforward.

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Old 06-12-2016   #23
Woodland Park, Colorado
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Just got off yesterday. Steer him h is a swamp fest. Slickhorn d was mostly underwater but doable for a small group. Of you don't have ojeto or grand gulch I would recommend a early push from Slickhorn.3 hours was about what it took us. Trimble is aweful as well.
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Old 06-12-2016   #24
Groveland, California
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We're getting ready for our first SJ trip and will have kids along, 6-11. We have 5 days, Slickhorn C, and Oljeto. Any recommendations for camps above that aren't washed out and would be good for layover/exploring?

Was it difficult eddying out for camps?

What was the takeout situation? Read it might be up in the willows?

Appreciate the info.....
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Old 06-12-2016   #25
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glenwierd, Co.
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Tabernacle, minisazi, and I think trimble would be dry but are on NNL river left. The camp river left before Honaker, Honaker, and the one after Honaker river right. Twin Canyons and Johns should be dry.

I'd take that deal n crawfish, then drill that ole devil in the ass.
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Old 06-12-2016   #26
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False Johns and Ross should be good camps too. we caught a bunch of catfish at false johns

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