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Old 05-04-2011   #1
 
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Yampa at high water

Any of you young enough to have run the Yampa in 1984 at high water? It peaked at 32,000 cfs. What was it like?

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I spoke with my buddy about that last weekend. Mostly what we remember was fast water. The rapids were not as big a deal as we expected, because of either washout or easy sneaks to grab. Don't remember what specific water level we had, but it was high.
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Kind of what I thought! Looking forward to that section, never done it!

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Anybody done Lodore at really high water? Currently running at 9000 cfs, and they say it might stay that high until the Yampa has peaked! Can't seem to find any info on runs over 5000.
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We launch next week on the 9th, and although it looks like the weather's warming up, I don't think we'll see 32K (but it would sure be nice!). Coupled with the release on the Green, Split Mountain should be a hoot!
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Saw Warm Springs flip a dude at around 14-15k,in early May one year. I think it was a solid IV(finally). Not exactly 32k though.....
Split Mtn was pretty washed out at 16k...but fast!

Lodore at 9k would be a blast,i bet. Holla
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Anybody done Lodore at really high water? Currently running at 9000 cfs, and they say it might stay that high until the Yampa has peaked! Can't seem to find any info on runs over 5000.
A friend of mine did his first over niter on Lodore in 83, seemed like the were letting out the full generation power, I believe 4600, plus the by pass tunnells at 4000, and it was going out the overflow. I think they felt it was at about 12,000. Reports of huge holes in upper and lower Disaster, and very fast. When we were on Lodore last year, he said that after all of these years of his experiance gained, he wished that he could see that level again to compare it to what he knows about boating now. Guess he got it, well close any way. We picked up a cancelation for the 8th of June.
Be safe out there,Dennis
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We got a permit for the 26th, I can't wait!
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Seen video of Lodore @ 10k, lots of big waves & big holes in the named rapids.
Heard stories of Yampa that high. It sounds like it all comes down to Warm Springs - which gets absolutely huge. Somebody please post some video.
Lots of trips in Split >20K, but not >30k - lots of big wave trains. It can take less than 30 minutes to run all of Split.
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don't overlook the surprise hole at Teepee that can flip a boat also at high water...
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