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Old 08-31-2006   #1
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Upper Blue Releases?

Any word if the standard Labor Day releases will take place this year? Any Beta on hazards on the U.B. for someone who hasn't done this section? Is there anything that should be scouted?

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Old 08-31-2006   #2
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the release will take place...sorry not sure about the other concerns
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Old 08-31-2006   #3
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I just spoke to Denver Water and Kara Lamb, no such luck that the UPPER blue will run this weekend.
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Old 08-31-2006   #4
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Haven't been on it since early June when it was running 1100 cfs. Here's info from that trip:

Posted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:31 pm Post subject:

ran the upper blue on saturday at just over 1000 cfs and it was good to go. there were a few low bridges and logs to deal with but they're easily avoided and in relatively calm places in the river. there is at least one rapid below the campground (the meat of the run starts about a mile below the campground, which you'll pass on river left) that has a tree sticking out from the river left bank and a big rock on the river right side. there's an obvious route right of center but it comes at you pretty quickly. otherwise, it's read and run class III-IV, mostly in the form of holes and waves. there are some rocks to dodge but nothing too technical. once the action starts, you wont' be able to stop and scout much if anything - it's fairly continuous to the take out. we ran two oar rigs (1 15' and 1 14') with no problems.

if you decide to run the river below the standard take out, watch out for lots of wood/strainers, one low hanging wire across the river (with a f*#king "no tresspassing" sign hanging from it - go figure) and a low bridge that has to be run river left.

it's a great run at this level. have fun.
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Old 08-31-2006   #5
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Open Boater,
what... you crazy??? did they say why? ...well i guess it doesnt matter why...damn anywhere else looking good??lower blue is still on????
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