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Old 06-07-2010  
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Poudre Trip report

Ran upper and lower mish, and bridges today at 5.2'-What a blast! For those of you on the fence at these levels, it isn't as bad as you think. I would be lying if I said I wasn't apprehensive at the put-in, but as soon as I got the feel of the flow, game was on. All the normal stuff is washed out while other crap developed. Three ways on Up Mish is now 'One Way'. Sneak right to avoid huge hole. Tunnel is screaming with only one hole to avoid-just take her down the middle. Boogie time and a few haystacks lead to Mish Falls. Same line as usual-enter right then left to avoid HUGE hole. Drive it down the middle rest of way as it is washed.

Lower Mish was surprisingly cool as it had more haystacks. Sarah's Hole Rapid had ginormous haystacks(talking six flags here). Devils Staircase goes any line and then wave trains and stacks to the takeout rapid by bathroom-drive her down the middle and bust through.

Swear to God Bridges took me all of 11 minutes through trains, haystacks, boils and holes. Not much to concern yourself with as it's all washed out. The bridge pylons are fine and take the meat and bust through Red House Rapid. I forget which haystack it was but I was launched AIRBORNE off the lip of one and came crashing down with a thud in the next trough. 1st time ever this old boy has had his 42 lb Hoss airlifted other than a boof. I've only been here eight years and don't ever remember this flow(4.5' was previous highest run). Friends, this is historical and might not happen for another decade so do whatever you have to do get on the Poudre. Rich

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Death by Dismemberment up on the Rustic run was HUGE! Fun thing was that it didn't feel like it was trying to typewriter us left like it does at low water; instead it just ripped like a damn water slide after a big drop. The usual wave trains on upper an lower Mish were suddenly boat swallowing/swamping gigantors and like dude said 3 Way is one way; it's a river wide hydrolic with a boil that's about 20 feet long. Pretty sure if you tried to run the middle it'd keep you. LOTS of debris though, many new logs, and barely an eddy in sight. Historical yes. "Not as bad as you think" I totally disagree with. It's as bad as you think and then some but fun as hell. SYOTR tomorrow suckas. E
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Old 06-07-2010  
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Upper Rustic

White Mile on Sunday at 5 was amazing. HUUUUGE rollers very pushy and consistent. Definitely flipped my ass.

A few of the other bridge rapids were really fun too. Grandpas gorge was fairly washed out.

D by D is a launch pad, by far the most fun 5 seconds of the run. Hole 99 was huge, but manageable. The last drop is massive.

Over all, very Numbers at high water feel. The last I did the Numbers it was at 2200 and this felt much bigger but very similar for some reason. Bigger because of a more narrow channel, but definitely had that classic feel.

Amazing level.

Pineview looks like fun, hopefully get out Wednesday.

Get it while it's hot, but be safe. We've already had too much tragedy on the Poudre this season.
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Old 06-07-2010  
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Anyone else notice the monster wave under the bridge,just downstream from the poudre chapel? It seemed as big as d by d....which is awesome,as per usual.

The white mile can't be beat though. You don't get waves like that on the poudre often. Get sum,get sum
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Old 06-16-2010  
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Need some descriptions of the Poudre rapids

I'm taking my 13ft. paddle raft out on Sunday and was wondering were I might get a map or descriptions of the Poudre before floating it. I was thinking of doing the upper and lower Rustic runs. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

We want to go and get some!

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