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Old 06-02-2008   #1
 
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Royal Gorge ~3600 =

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Old 06-02-2008   #2
 
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I ran it last night at 3500. Miles and miles of huge wave trains.
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Anyone interested in Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
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Numbers was fun too...

Numbers was fun too.


Sam Cannon in #4
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You know its high water in CO...when.....

the parking lots are empty...

Ran numbers this weekend and it was a blast and uncrowded.
Get it high while you can..this shit doesnt happen every year.
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Old 06-02-2008   #6
 
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is that the hole in #4? looks like you got a good piece of it!

the trend in the class IV colorado boating community is to go out for the first run of the year on memorial weekend, get your ass handed to you, put the boat away until after the peak in july and then paddle until mid august. hence the empty parking lot.
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Is the hole at 1.5 good right now? Man is that thing awesome when its going.
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Ran the Gorge yesterday with Chris Brobin and Dave, Ben, Shawn, and Andrew. 5 play boats and 1 creeker. Watertalk told us 3500 cfs, although now that I look online, it says 3450. Whatever. It was big. The guage has been acting funny... it even went offline a bit today, so all readings are approx I guess.

For those who are familer with the Gorge and want to know conditions:

You will find yourself boat-scouting the next wave/feature from the top of the wave you are presently cresting. It's pretty much like that the whole trip.

Sunshine: Start left or right., center up for the bottom. Big waves leading to the big hole that you can't avoid and must punch, and then a follow-up hole. the 6 of us shotgunned through yesterday with only one needing to roll so no real worries there. Sledgehammer is BIG! Monster hole at the top, Clarks hole is flushed out, but the drop 40~ feet above it is now a hole that is nearly river wide. (go left). Bird Drop is BAD. Once you enter the Narrows, the waves don't stop until you get just above Corner Pocket around 2-3(?) miles or so downstream. Wallslammer... anything goes. Boat eater... stay right. Big waves/holes just above and Boateater has both a water barrel tumble and a counter-clockwise rotating vortex, very 3-dimensional. Don't go there. At all. Lion's Head is preceeded by several wavetrains and followed by 1/4 mile wavetrain. Lots more to look out for if you run it, but those are the bigger features. The Canon City wave(s) is kicking! The top is a mighty pillow that will surf you all day and spin spin spin fun. Don't catch an edge! The bottom wave is a front surf heaven sent. Plan to play for 30 minutes or more.
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Anyone interested in Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
I'm up for Wednesday at 5:00pm. (I get off work at 4:00pm)

Me and CBrobin are running Parkdale (for a change of pace) Thursday meeting at 5:00pm

I have Friday off and can run whatever, whenever. Might even head back up to the numbers again.... not sure yet... I usually don't plan that far ahead.....
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Is the hole at 1.5 good right now? Man is that thing awesome when its going.
1.5 looked good (BIG!!); eddy out on river left.

Numbers has great surf at this level. I ran it Sunday, and Monday morning. steepcreeks is right: the parking lots are empty and the run was uncrowded. The Ark is 10 times more fun with no rafts in the way.

I haven't been in the gorge yet. Given Ed's description, I'd say the gorge is more difficult than numbers. #4 has a "wave/hole" (pictured) that requires some effort to avoid. Be alert and the move is very doable. There was a pourover at the end of #5 that caught Sam and I by surprise. Yesterday it was a rock with a pillow.
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