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Old 05-08-2011   #1
 
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Will Disaster and Hells Half Mille be tricky or washed in a raft?

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This is the THIRD thread talking about this in a week. Look here:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...ore-36183.html
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No wash out

Nothing in Lodore washes out. They get burlier. Enjoy!
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Any beta for kayaking Gates of Ladore (June 8-11, 2011)?
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Just got off the run with my kayak on Sunday. If you're a solid class III boater you'll be fine above the confluence. After the Yampa comes in, you'll find big waves, big crashing laterals, boils, and whirlpools. Sometimes the boils and whirlpools show up in the middle of wave trains. I had to paddle upstream a fair bit to keep from out running the rafts in Split Mountain. You'll also find logs everywhere, some will be significantly larger than you in your kayak. The last day through Split I had the largest shit-eating grin I can remember having in my kayak.
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Big water, fast women n hard liquor twas great
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Easy. Ran thru it on the 17th. Hell's half was a slow float down the middle. Nada was difficult. All was fun.
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Easy. Ran thru it on the 17th. Hell's half was a slow float down the middle. Nada was difficult. All was fun.
Thunderbus--thanks for the info, 'cause we're agonizing on whether or not to take a group with some fairly inexperienced passengers launching on June 30th--never run Lodore at these levels (more like 1-2,000). Question: were flows 8800 for you? rafts or kayaks? Really no problems or bad holes in any of the big rapids in Lodore? Any other thoughts welcome--many thanks!
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PaulPhillips - I believe it was 8950 during our trip from the 16-19th. The water was moving quick so the float times to camps were short. We heard from other groups that there had been a flipped raft or two, but we also encountered a few groups with small kids.

Our groups had all rafts with a range of experience levels, and everyone did fine. We scouted Disaster and Hell's and got to watch another group float them. There were no "must make" moves, and despite the fast water, there was plenty of time to move around.

After the Yampa confluence, the rapids are big waves trains with plenty of room to get around. Eddie lines and random boils made me happier to be in my raft than the kayak, but i still didn't think anything was difficult.

Also, it looks like flows have dropped today (6/20)....

I'll post some pics and maybe some vids soon.
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Disaster and Hell's Half - full of water!
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