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Old 05-22-2008   #1
 
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Mesa Canyon at 2500-3000cfs?

Any thoughts on Mesa Canyon on the San Juan (in Pagosa Springs) at this level?

If you have run it at this level, did it increase the difficulty/danger significantly?

I have never run it and had plans for Memorial Day, but the probable levels look to be above the recommended <2500cfs.

We will be a mix of kayaks and Jacks' Fat Cats.

Thanks,

George

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Old 05-22-2008   #2
 
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I haven't run it this big... but there are a coupla bridges that could be pretty dicey at big flows.


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Any thoughts on Mesa Canyon on the San Juan (in Pagosa Springs) at this level?

If you have run it at this level, did it increase the difficulty/danger significantly?

I have never run it and had plans for Memorial Day, but the probable levels look to be above the recommended <2500cfs.

We will be a mix of kayaks and Jacks' Fat Cats.

Thanks,

George
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Old 05-23-2008   #3
 
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Thanks for the info Steve, that is kinda what I thought.

It looks like it is dropping now, but it may change fast. It sounds like a great run for my wife and I. If not this weekend, then later in the season. The Jack's Fat Cats are great for low water runs that would suck in a kayak or bigger raft.

Thanks,

George
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It's a fun run through a beautiful canyon. It has dropped a lot in the last 24 hrs and will likely drop some more. It was snowing at my house this morning 1100 ft. above Durango. The weekend is supposed to be cool and crappy, so the flow should mellow a lot.

http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?09342500

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Thanks for the info Steve, that is kinda what I thought.

It looks like it is dropping now, but it may change fast. It sounds like a great run for my wife and I. If not this weekend, then later in the season. The Jack's Fat Cats are great for low water runs that would suck in a kayak or bigger raft.

Thanks,

George
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