Poudre River: High water can be dangerous - Mountain Buzz

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Old 06-08-2010   #1
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Poudre River: High water can be dangerous

Here's my posting to balance out some of the high water euphoria. Yes, the Poudre is very high, and it's lots of fun, but only if you're ready. I noticed more than a few people out of their boats last weekend. That can be very hazardous unless you have strong rescuers.

Here are a few tips in case you're not an advanced boater:

- Remember the run you did last year (or last week) is at least a class harder at this level.

- Try an easier run if you don't think you're quite ready for the harder water, and see how it goes.

- Join up with a few boaters, it's not a good time to be out alone or even with a single rescuer.

- Make sure people get rescued first, then go after gear. Equipment can be replaced.

- High water means bring all your safety gear. If you have a tow system, make sure you know how to use it and make sure it will release.

I don't mean to dampen the spirit of any of you brash young paddlers, so please no irresponsible flames. If you know what you're about, go have fun!

Chris Wilcox

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Old 06-08-2010   #2
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And wear your f'n helmet. Even if you are on FP.....
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Old 06-08-2010   #3
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i personally liked the clip on fox news this morning of the guy going down big n brown boulder creek in a $15.99 wal mart raft with no pfd, helmet, or anything other than his cheap oars......classic.
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