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Old 07-30-2010   #1
 
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Clear Creek Stepping Stone Progression?

I recently moved from OC1 to C1 and feeling more confident about my abilities in a dry boat. On Clear Creek, I have paddled WWP, tunnel 1 down, and Lawson/Dumont at 460-500ish.

I have not paddled Lower or Upper CC. I have read about and looked at both , but have passed them up to date, primarly due to OC1, continous nature and sharp rock as it relates to beating up my boat and me if I swim.

With that said, I like low/medium water over high water. I have also ran NSV Shelly's, Boulder Creek 4 mile (lower water portaging the Buttresses), upper Big T (below Estes lake to handicap pull off/above the gnar), Foxton, Waterton, Numbers, Slaughter House, Poudre Upper Mish down, etc.

From what I have read and heard, Lower is not good below 400, so it is probably out for this season, unless rain brings it up.

I know the raft companies run the upper at really low levels, down to 150 or 200 or so, i think? I was thinking about trying a low water run down the upper pulling out before Black Rocks. I realize this run has sharp rock mank.

I guess my question is the upper a boat beater at this level (200 to 400), read/run or should I go with someone who has done it, and does my noted experience qualify me for this run? Thanks for your input.

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Upper has a very natural river bed. I have run both L&U down to 150 and they are both fun if your needing! I would do upper then lower to progress but if your comfprtable on the #s and stevens down you will not have any issues at these levels!
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You experience should be sufficient for either run. But you should be warned that both runs will be manky and involve solid boat abuse.

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Support your local kayak store....Run the mank!

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Thanks for the input

About supporting my local kayak store, you just don't buy a C1 and paddle it. It requires lots of outfitting time/work and glue sniffing (yuck), so I really don't want to beat the boat more then I have to.

They run rafts down the upper, I would think I could get an 8' C1 down without to much damage at 250, correct?
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That my friend depends on how well you pick you lines. I think you will be fine, chances of serious damage are low, chances of leaving some plastic shavings behind are very high.
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