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Old 04-02-2015   #1
 
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Escalante update - NOT RUNNING

I ended up traveling back from Aspen to Durango on Tues and camped out at the Gorge in Esca Canyon for the night. I checked levels at about 7am before heading out, so not the peak time for runoff (3-5pm). But the take home is:

- NOT running.
- 57 had a bout 3 inches of water flowing on the right side of the fin. The fin itself was almost entirely exposed down to riverbed (3+ feet of fin showing).
- Ecsa Falls was, as usual, almost dry except for the top right death pot hole line and some water spilling down the mank slot-to-pin on the far left. The entry to the normal line in the middle was dry by about 1.5+ feet.

My phone died searching for service overnight. Sorry, no pics.
This update wasn't what I had hoped to post. Temps had been 70-75+ degrees in Delta and hoped to see more water in there. But if temps get up to 80++++++--- (that was a MIlo joke) we should have a runnable window in the next couple weeks?

BTW, the new Montrose play park was: front surfable and low (200-250cfs?) Looks good for the future though. All the waves had a flat planar concrete ramp (M-wave style, less angle) that formed the flow into holes at the bottom. The features were definitely backed up and pressurized by solid pools with good eddys. Definitely hitting ends when initiating vertical moves except for the second to last feature. It's worth a stop when the flow comes up.

BTW 2, anybody got a LL Stomper 90 or Squirrel 85 to sell? PM me please. I cracked my shell.

Hope that helps

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Old 04-02-2015   #2
 
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Thanks for the update. I was wondering about those two things exactly.

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Old 04-02-2015   #3
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I doubt it will run at all this year. Columbine pass only has 2.3 inches of SWE and is 14% of average right now.
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I think Leif runs it that low.


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Old 04-02-2015   #5
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Here is the photo of Leif.

Extremely low flow Escalante falls...
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Bet we've gotten an inch+ of rain/snow in GJ in the last 24. If Esca is going to run this year, I'd wager now is the time.
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Bet we've gotten an inch+ of rain/snow in GJ in the last 24. If Esca is going to run this year, I'd wager now is the time.
Yet more precip over the weekend, then cool temps and some drizzle tonight. Then, s'posed to warm up all week. Could be good?

Game to go try if anyone else is.
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I really want to make to rally from Salida sometime middle this week or next. It's a long drive though with no beta, so if anyone can get a visual and maybe post a photo that would be amazing!
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It sure seems far fetched given the incredibly lackluster snowpack out there, but if you check it out, please let us know.
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It was also NOT running again yesterday at about 3:00.
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