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Old 01-20-2008   #1
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So I am going out to WV and PA for Feb and March for work. Since I have a full set of teeth and no sister in these parts i am at a loss for what to do. I guess I should bring a boat. Am I better off taking a 14' cat, or buying a shredder/culebra?

I will be around the Allegheney river, what is out there for a rafter as my kayaking skills are quite pathetic?


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Old 01-20-2008   #2
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I can see the Allegheny River out my bedroom window. As of right now it is flat, slow, and full of ice chunks. The only possible difference in late Feb and March will be the absence of the ice chunks.

Don't waste your time brining a boat, unless you plan on being somewhere near WV, then a very cold trip down the New or the Youghiogheny might be in the works.
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Old 01-20-2008   #3
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I've run the Upper Gauley in March - it was really sublime - all brown on the banks, no one else on the river but me and my homeboy, and it was overcast and a little foggy. It was a very different experience from the fall season, but the river was actually running at release level. Lotsa boaters in western PA, so I'd try hooking up with folks on a board out there, maybe even BT.
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Old 01-21-2008   #4
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go to ohiopyle in fayette county and ask around for a shredder. they are manufactured there. the yough will be pretty good then. slippery rock creek north of pittsburgh might be fun in a shredder, but you might be better off getting a roll and a boat. stoneycreek is a good class three doable in something inflatable. the sandy and cheat will also be potentials. feburary and march will hold lots of water. saw your post on the trpc website - go to a meeting or join. they are on the water all winter.
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