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Old 09-17-2008   #1
Lafayette, Colorado
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New rapid in Deso?

Does anyone out there know anything about the new rapid in Deso? Where is it? Is it worth a look? We're going next week, and there will be a couple of newbies at the oars. Thanks.

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Old 09-17-2008   #2
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There was a flash flood on Aug 9 down Joe Hutch Canyon, and it radically changed Joe Hutch Rapid - the haystack train right above Cow Swim. Dennis from the BLM Price office characterizes it as a Class III now. There's a pretty good thread on the utahrafters message board about it (a few pages down by now), including a link by one guy who was actually camped at Cow Swim the afternoon it flashed - he included a link to his many pics.

Sounds like a steeper, center-to-right run, rocks at the top and rocks at the bottom. Dennis calls it a mandatory scout (right side), but the Deso ranger who ran it about a week later says it isn't too difficult if you get a decent line.

Enjoy. I had a 9/21 launch but bailed because I couldn't get anyone to come along...
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Old 09-19-2008   #3
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Thanks, Beardance. Sorry about your trip. We're maxed out, or you'd be welcome on ours.
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