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Old 02-22-2008   #1
 
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What will be must do runs when the snow melts

With the great snow, which runs seldom have enough water but are fantastic runs?

The Dolores? Miguel? Fraser? Piney? 11 mile Canyon? Williams Fork?

We need to plan to really take advantage of this run off.

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Aw, come on, aren't you guys thinking of the rare runs that will finally have enough water come Spring/Summer?
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I listed a few I want to get on in one of the other threads: Grape, Buzzard, Leon, Sweetwater, etc. Also hoping to take advantage of big flows down south (NM, Durango) and in the Dolores and San Miguel drainages, simply because I have always missed the season on those.

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Old 02-26-2008   #4
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The Gila! Escalante, Dolores for sure. But also looking forward to high water in Cat...

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I listed a few I want to get on in one of the other threads: Grape, Buzzard, Leon, Sweetwater, etc. Also hoping to take advantage of big flows down south (NM, Durango) and in the Dolores and San Miguel drainages, simply because I have always missed the season on those.

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South fork of the South Saint Vrain
Royal Gorge above 5,000
Dream Canyon
Cross @ 10,000+ (not me)
Upper Clear Creek above G-Town
Upper Fryingpan
Slaughtehouse with water
Barrel 7,000+
Rock Creek
and of course a nice long Black Canyon season

Ahh to be young and dumb again I might think about some of these
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Mmmmmmm Escalante.... and definitely high water cat. Or low water cat. Any cat is a good trip, in my worthless little opinion.
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I listed a few I want to get on in one of the other threads: Grape, Buzzard, Leon, Sweetwater, etc. COUNT
Hey Count - IMO I would put Grape pretty far down the list- even if it runs, there are probably a lot better options on the table. I would classify Grape as scenic with 1/4 mile of mank; and justified if you're a Canon City local who's bored of running the Gorge every day. Or passing through with not enough time to get to Taos for an afternoon run. Of course, if you're trying to tick one off the list, that's probably a good enough reason. I just think that there are only so many days of runnoff, and doing this run is one day where you could otherwise be running Treasure or another SO CO classic. Save it for later in your boating career. I think the post-run vibe of our group was "Could be a fun run with more water, but regardless we would have been better off boating something else."
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i cant wait to go poke around the rio grande headwaters...run the box, look the gorges above the reservoir, some feeder streams.....should be good time, if the snow ever melts
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Slaughterhouse may actually be worthwhile for the first time in a long time...
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Count, El flaco is right on about grape. It's neat, but there are better ways to spend your day/fuel budget. if you do it, do not float all the way to the ark.
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