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Old 06-05-2009   #1
 
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Nube looking for areas to practice roll, etc

Hey all-
Im just getting into the sport, and looking for some areas around glenwood that I can practice my roll and mess around a bit... any suggestions?

Also looking for calm sections of river where I can start to get used to my new boat and settle in.

I appreciate the help.
thanks

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Old 06-05-2009   #2
 
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Some people go up to Dotsero on the Colorado and learn in that section. You can go from there to Bair Ranch and it is mostly class I/II.

Another section to consider is the RF from C'dale to Iron bridge (also called pink to black)- class II

Also check out Grizzly to 2 Rivers. Mostly class II.

When you get more proficient, the Cemetary section on the RF through Glenwood is a great learning stretch (II/III). Put in at Iron Bridge and take out at 2 rivers.

Then hit Shoshone when you've got a solid roll.

You can also call the Glenwood Community Center to see if they have any roll clinics available. I don't know if the kayak shop is still doing them.

Good luck and welcome to paddling. It'll change your life for the better!
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My wife and I have been going to the state parks here in Grand Junction. They have 5 paddle only lakes here but we mostly go to connected lakes. I don’t know if there is one near you but Riffle Gap allows all boats and it’s less of a drive. If you’re interested we’re new and also working on the role if you have the time to drive down here sometime. You can also look on the state park web site and see if they have one near you Colorado State Parks Home - Colorado State Parks
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smurf's got it dead on. don't touch Shoshone until it's under 2K... Rolls are always best practiced in the pool & then perfected on the river. Sean at Alpine Sports (Edwards) is a great resource as is Jason Moore (a friend of Sean's). Both solid paddlers and folks you should get to know...
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cheers guys,

I appreciate the info!
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