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Old 02-07-2008   #1
 
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New to Boulder, Give me the rundown.

I just moved to Boulder from the Columbia Gorge out there in the NW. The only kayaking I have done in CO was on the Arkansas a couple of years ago. I need to know what rivers and creeks are good within a couple of hours of Boulder. I also need people to go with. I can drive, or throw down some gas money. I am mostly into class IV to V stuff, but nothing super garly right now. I would definetely be down to do some class III to IV paddling until I get a feel for the whitewater around here. Any info would be apprecieted. Later,

Claytonious.

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First, get a copy of Whitewater of the Southern Rockies.

You've got Lyons to the north with:

SSV-V/V+
NSV-V/V+
NSV, Proving Grounds-V-
A bunch of II/III closer to town on both forks
Lefthand
Big Thompson further north

Around Boulder:
The Source-V-/V
Middle Boulder-V+
Upper Boulder-V
Lower Boulder and in town-III-IV+
Alto-Alto-IV
USB-V+
LSB-IV+/V-
Eldo-V/V+

Golden/I-70:

Clear Creek:
Whitewater Park
Upper/Lower-IV
Blackrock-V-/V
Lawson/Dumont-IV
West Fork and High Clear Creek Stuff-V-V+

South Platte:
Bailey-V-
Foxton-IV
Waterton-III+
Union and Connie Playboating

Then you've the Ark (Pine Creek through Royal Gorge), Poudre, and Colorado (Gore!!!, Shoshone, etc.) within a comfortable driving distance.

You're gonna have fun.

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welcome to the buzz. many of the natives are grumpy and jonesing this time of year. There is lots to boat around here, but not for a few months yet.
It is still ski season. give me a holler if you want to take my eldora pass up some day. I've offered it up a bunch, but not gotten any takers. the pass is "no limits", so you are not risking getting busted. i trashed my foot, so I won't be needing it, or joining you anytime soon.
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The best advice I can give you is to head back to the gorge. It's a paddling paradise over there.
Boulder is a great place to paddle but the season is pretty short. You need to drive increasingly greater distances as the summer goes on. Buy a copy of "Whitewater of the Southern Rockies" to start dreaming about the possibilities. Very locally we have Boulder Creek, South Boulder Creek (+ Eldo), Lefthand Creek, the Forks of the St. Vrain and a few others. Farther out there are too many to list. You can get down Gore Canyon pretty early in the season, once the ice bridges melt.
Feel free to email me as the season approaches.
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Thanks

Thanks for the info. I knew coming out here that the paddling was going to be more seasonal. But I am going to stick around here for awhile so I just need to paddle when the paddlings good. I will keep looking on the buzz. When the levels come up give me ring.

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damn

lol damn count that was some detailed info for the local boulder area if i have ever seen it! you can also check out eddiflower.com, they have a bunch of stuff including up to date flows and info about lines and what not! its a great website to get some beta before you go...
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and yeah the white water of the southern rockies is absolute porn! kinda expensive but wayyyy worth it!
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and yeah the white water of the southern rockies is absolute porn! kinda expensive but wayyyy worth it!
Maybe, but when you break it down to cost per read basis, I bet it's the cheapest piece of gear you own .

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And, yeah, I was bored and dreaming of water when I typed that.
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I just moved to Boulder from the Columbia Gorge out there in the NW. The only kayaking I have done in CO was on the Arkansas a couple of years ago. I need to know what rivers and creeks are good within a couple of hours of Boulder. I also need people to go with. I can drive, or throw down some gas money. I am mostly into class IV to V stuff, but nothing super garly right now. I would definetely be down to do some class III to IV paddling until I get a feel for the whitewater around here. Any info would be apprecieted. Later,

Claytonious.


Hey I am new to the Boulder area and hail from the good ole' pacnw also! where you from?
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