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Old 06-14-2010   #1
 
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We've got a permit for next week. None of us have run that section. We'll be in kayaks. I've been watching water levels and it looks like it will still be 20,000 or so next week. Has anybody run it at that level? What are your thoughts. We're class 4 boaters but aren't looking for a really hairy trip.

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Old 06-14-2010   #2
 
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not that big a deal at 20k, especially if you're class IV boaters. watch out for the powerful eddy's.
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I've run it at all levels 1500cfs up to 40000cfs, will be there on the 17th. I love that canyon, lots of play at different places and varying levels!
What kind of yaks are you taking ?
Best play is at lower levels.
Got any extra spaces?
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If you have solid rolls, you stay in the current & avoid eddy lines, you'll have a blast. Try to avoid the eddy on river left at Sock-it-to-me - it's a boat-sucking shitstorm. Better to gut the hole in the middle or blast the lateral on river right.

Should be a fun ride - all the lines will be pretty straightforward and whole run won't take more than a few hours.
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Ran it last year at 20500 no issues however the current can pull you hard. You should go when it is in the teens like 13k. I am not sure which level of the terrible teens is the worst.
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Ran it last year at 20500 no issues however the current can pull you hard. You should go when it is in the teens like 13k. I am not sure which level of the terrible teens is the worst.
We were in it at 13k earlier this year and it was an absolute blast. Eddy lines sucked more because its like hitting a brick wall you can't pladdle against and I ended up almost getting motored by a raft.... I love that run!
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I ran it last year at 20,000 and it took us 20 min to go from Little D to Last chance. Skull and Last chance really were the only rapids. Watch those eddy lines...they'll suck you under. have fun!
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