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Old 05-13-2008   #1
 
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Gypsum Valley to Slickrock, how bad can it be?

So I want to take my brand new raft on a float trip from Gypsum Valley to Slickrock, 14' Hyside with oarframe.

I am a class III kayaker with absolutely no experience on the Dolores, this will be my very first trip oaring my own raft.

A guidebook I saw said it can get ugly in the canyon due to the severely undercut corners and strainers.

Really though, how hard is it to avoid cliff walls and strainers??

Consider when you were just a newby rafter/kayaker, would you do this trip right out of the gates??

Any feedback would be appreciated - good or bad.

Thanks!

Jen

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gypsum valley to bedrock

it might be hard rowing to get from gypsum valley to slickrock. we are going to run gypsum valley to bedrock this weekend. i'll let you know how it goes. i've heard that it is really mellow. you should be fine.
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If you are super strong you can row upstream but that's not for me...
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Yeah, I can be a dumbass.

Good point. Slickrock, Bedrock, Black Rocks, all the rocks are blurring together... Dee-dee-dee, I am an r-tard.

So say I try rowing DOWNstream to Bedrock, though I would definitely be the buffest chick on the river if I did make it up to Slick, has anyone actually run it at 1000cfs? COPaddler, can you post how strong is the current pulling towards the undercuts, are they submerged, when you return?
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If you have any coordination at all, you should be fine. We managed to keep 2 16 foot boats podded end to end the whole way. Not recommended but doable.

There are some big undercuts, that would suck to be in, but not much involved in staying out of them.
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first time

hey jen,
i will let you know how it turns out. i'm going to be rowing my 16' Aire that i just got last season. the biggest danger i have heard about is pinning on all the rocks.
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Whats up CoPad? I can hardly wait for this weekend. Looks like we will luck out on the weather, but the release forecast could be a little higher. I will see you over there Thursday night!!
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