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Old 03-13-2007   #1
 
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West Water 3/23/07

I have been on westwater @ 19,000 this past summer. What is it like right now at 3,700? I road in a raft last time and it was huge. I am a class 3-4 kayaker. Is it feasible for me? Give me some beta if you have it.

Steve Zizzou

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Old 03-13-2007   #2
 
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There's pretty good play at this level. WAY more mellow that at 19K; you won't see those monsterous eddy fences or boiling lines- It's easily within most III boater's limits, especially with a good roll. In fact, there better features than at 20K when most of the individual rapids are washed out. The cut at skull is super easy in a kayak at this level, and there's a nice far right line that can make it exciting. Not quite low enough to expose Skull Rock, however.

Plan for a long day, though- the paddle out will take the better part of 2+ hours.
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Old 03-14-2007   #3
 
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This is a great level for westwater. We did a trip this past weekend at similar levels and the surfing was awesome. The play waves are better at low water. No problems for a III/IV boater. Is just big fun wave trains with easy entrances and not many moves to make except skull. And at this level, just run the meat of skull, its not the monster gaping hole that forms at higher levels.

Have fun!
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Old 03-14-2007   #4
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Stevesie - hadn't heard from you since college football season ended. hope all's well. westwater is cherry at 3700. you'll be fine and will have a blast. as others have already said, it's no more than class III+ at this level and the surfing is sweet. git after it!
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Old 03-15-2007   #5
 
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JBL,

Good to hear from you as well, it has been a while. New job at the beginning of the year and its been crazy as all get up.
Thank for the beta folks and have a great last month of hittin' up the mountain.

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Congrats on the new job. Glad to hear that you're still able to get on the water....
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Old 03-20-2007   #7
 
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A couple quick questions:

How are the Boils at 6,000?

How are the eddy lines at 6,000? Can you avoid them if needs be?

Eddy lines f-in kill me and I am a 60% roller at this point.

Thanks for the Beta.

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The forecast is for around 7k on Friday... http://www.cbrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?CCUC2

At 6700 in September, I got flipped just sitting in an eddy. We have pictures of everybody hanging out bracing it what looks like flatwater because of the boily water. I'd recommend a good roll or lots of rafts downsteam to pick up the pieces as it can be a long swim. Also, learned what an 'elevator move' is in Surprise. I also did it at 5500 and 4100 and it was a lot easier at those levels... then again, I didn't have quite as bad of a hangover on the later trips ...

I'll be there on Sat/Sun!

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