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Old 05-26-2014   #1
 
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New to whitewater

Hello everyone, I've been lake kayaking for a few year and some river kayaking in Michigan, I'm looking to trying out some whitewater and looking for some good spots to go that are not to challenging. Any advice would be great.


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Old 06-03-2014   #2
 
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Canon City Town Run

The Canon City town run is pretty tame. Its probably a II at the high level now if you start below the play park and get out at Ash street. The water is moving right now but if you have a roll no problems.

The Greenway run in Pueblo is a great beginner run with very little to no white water. However I have seen high flows cause some problems. If you head to Canon or Pueblo private message me and I might bring my daughter or another friend.

Both are class I runs at lower flows. But there are a couple of spots to avoid and some trees on the outside corners that can become strainers if you are unwary.

These are great runs to get your slow moving river roll practice in and are more of a float trip.

Deckers, Rincon, Milkrun are all a step above these runs and are considered beginner runs with some whitewater.
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Old 06-04-2014   #3
 
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I would argue Deckers is easier than all the other options you listed at current flows except maybe the Pueblo Green way, but the water is so high everywhere on the Ark right now its just not beginner friendly.
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Old 06-04-2014   #4
 
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Union Chutes on the Platte is what you're looking for. After you take a roll lesson or two.
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I started on Filter Plant on the Poudre.
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I would argue Deckers is easier than all the other options you listed at current flows except maybe the Pueblo Green way, but the water is so high everywhere on the Ark right now its just not beginner friendly.
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you got a roll?
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Old 06-06-2014   #8
 
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Thanks for the info guys, as for rolling a few lessons are needed.


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Old 06-07-2014   #9
 
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some rolling advice. try it on ground frist a few times where you flip over on you back them set up, sweep, and hip snap. Also if you dont get after even "a few" dont be discouraged. It toke my dad over two years to get his role and he ended up paddling class V drops. The number one thing that helped get (and keep) my role is staying calm under water
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The number one thing that helped get (and keep) my role is staying calm under water
This is key. I still panic sometimes, and afterwards am upset with myself for not staying cool. Not only do you use less oxygen when you stay calm, but you think clearly and roll with better form. This should be the golden rule of upside-down boating. I'm still learning to do it, and it seems like it only comes with experience and spending a lot of time upside-down.
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