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Old 10-25-2008   #1
 
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Boating near Durango

New to town, looking for info on Class III-IV boating options near Durango, for next season. Thanks!

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There are none... we don't boat here.
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Canyon's right they just crunch granola, hug trees and talk about what dicks the californicators are
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Well, for starters, pick up a copy of Whitewater of the Southern Rockies. It will be the best 50 dollars you ever spend.

Whitewater of The Southern Rockies guidebook

You've got the Animas:

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Smelter-High Bridge-III
The Upper A-IV
There are some scenic floats ranging from II-III around the Forks of the Animas by Silverton

You've got the Dolores:
Cahone/Bradfield/Slickrock/Gateway is not too far
Stoner Stampede is a phenomenal play run when it's in

San Miguel: Ledges, etc.

That's just a start though. There's more good whitewater within 2 hours than you can imagine. Enjoy.
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The Upper is class V. The Piedra is pretty continuous class IV. It's between Pagosa and Bayfield. Smelter can be IV at very high water- it's rare.

There's a lot for kayakers. If you're a rafter, you can also paddle boat the Rockwood box at lower water- Class IV+.

Westwater/ Cataract are only three hours away. The Dolores is two hours away. The Lower Taos Box is three hours away, fun pool drop Class III+/IV.
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Takeme is lying. All i've ever done with her is drink beer. we tried to go boating once and I flipped... she stayed upright.

But seriously Kjirsten, it's getting close to time to watch the Salt for winter storm action...

Ethan
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How was the Grand? Looking at the Salt for President's Day weekend again. Yeehaw.

I've also been watching the town run every day- there's no water.

I have a Westy permit for next weekend- there's a spot open if you're down, Ethan. I don't mind rescuing your ass again.


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Takeme is lying. All i've ever done with her is drink beer. we tried to go boating once and I flipped... she stayed upright.

But seriously Kjirsten, it's getting close to time to watch the Salt for winter storm action...

Ethan
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The Upper is class V. The Piedra is pretty continuous class IV. It's between Pagosa and Bayfield. Smelter can be IV at very high water- it's rare.

There's a lot for kayakers. If you're a rafter, you can also paddle boat the Rockwood box at lower water- Class IV+.

Westwater/ Cataract are only three hours away. The Dolores is two hours away. The Lower Taos Box is three hours away, fun pool drop Class III+/IV.
Maybe the Upper A is "rafter" class V but according to the New Testament, it is IV at 1000 and IV+ at 2500.

Can't believe I forgot the Piedra. Very high quality IV, especially when high.

Gotta keep you on your toes Kjirsten.
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OK, the Upper A is "rafter Class V." And that's from experience, not from a book, Dirk.
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I'd call the upper A a kayak V because of the length, commitment No Name and the box, unless you guys would rather ride that silly ass train out of there
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