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Old 06-08-2008   #1
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Woody Creek Section of the Roaring Fork Beta

I am going to double ducky the woody creek section for the first time. Any hazards or beta would be appreciated.

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Old 06-09-2008   #2
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By 'Woody Creek' you probably mean either the upper or lower (also called toothache).

I've run the upper before (but not this year) and recall that is was fast and continuous with the one major rapid being just a short distance from the put in.

Ran the lower section a couple of weeks ago (1280 cfs or so) and most of Toothache is gone - there is just one hole left, on left of center. It's large enough to flip a craft but didn't appear that it would get stuck. The nearly riverwide hole/wave below the foot bridge looked pretty benign.

All that being said the water was WFC (way frigging cold) so dress appropriately.

Hope this helps.

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I am going to double ducky the woody creek section for the first time. Any hazards or beta would be appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2008   #3
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I don't know anything about 'Upper' or 'Lower', but I know the Woody Creek run as put-in at Jaffee Park and take-out at Wingo (which is the bridge where the river goes beneath SR82 just up from Basalt. This is the typical commercial run. The take-out is not easy (at least in a raft), small eddy on river left with fast moving water on the outside through a left hand bend. As mentioned in the above post, the run is continuous as opposed to pool drop but it's all readable. The only solid Class III comes down by Old Snowmass. Some good waves and holes and in a duckie if you're not paying attention you'll be swimming. It's a fun moderate run. Definitely dress for the cold water.
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