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Old 10-28-2009   #1
 
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I am a new Cadet at USAFA. What are the good rivers and good season in Colorado. I am a class IV kayaking with a Mamba. Also when the season starts are there any stores near Colorado Springs where I could meet people who are experienced on the rivers so I don't have to scout every single run when I go?

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Welcome to the Springs. Talk to Cecil, the rec director over at the Academy. Also, plenty of people from town post on here. Or, you can try our local club forum, which is in my signature. The season and runs really depend on where the snow is and when it's melting, or when/where there is rain.

The season starts when you want it to, depending on how much you link mank and cold weather. I usually start boating in February or March, and boat into September, maybe October. It just depends when I start getting sick of driving and what is running. I know plenty of people who may slow down, but pretty much never stop boating unless everything is frozen over.

As far a local stores, unfortunately there is only one that sells kayaks, and they only stock it in season. That would be Christy Sports over by Academy & Constitution. I don't recommend it though for meeting people. Really, Mountain Buzz or our local forum are much better for finding people to show you down runs.
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Old 10-29-2009   #3
 
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I am a new Cadet at USAFA. What are the good rivers and good season in Colorado. I am a class IV kayaking with a Mamba. Also when the season starts are there any stores near Colorado Springs where I could meet people who are experienced on the rivers so I don't have to scout every single run when I go?
We're doing Royal Gorge on Sunday - mostly class 3 with one 4 at this level.
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Old 10-29-2009   #4
 
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We're doing Royal Gorge on Sunday - mostly class 3 with one 4 at this level.
You're welcome to join.
Kayakpippen,

Don't be fooled by that Sunday crew brother. They'll drink your beer, steal your woman, and then Mike will make you sit and listen to his guitar playing for hours on end. Pure pain. Better yet, I'm heading down to the Gorge on Sat from the Springs, leaving around 10:30. Welcome to join.
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I would love too, but I am "restricted" which means I can't leave base this weekend, but that is exactly what I am looking for. Unfortunately I don't have any gear up here right now. But that is exactly the kind of stuff I am looking for. So in the next few weeks or months if you are planning on going again send me something, cause I would love to go. I am working on getting my stuff up here right now
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Your safer just posting when you want to go, those guys will go till the ice covers the river.
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Hartley did not pass the Gore Test,
and therefore has not been granted speaking privileges. He will be punished for this violation:
Two weeks' detention .... in my shorts.

Greg's right - we'll go all winter, and we won't likely remember to go tracking down that kid who posted three weeks ago on the Buzz - you'll have to track us down when you want to go.
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alright I'll look when I get all of my stuff shipped up here and can go
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Hartley did not pass the Gore Test,
I'm alive. Therefore I passed.
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Nice Mike (H), Griffin talked you into Gore? How'd you enjoy it? Scott when do you think you'll have your gear in town?
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