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Old 04-30-2010   #1
 
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Yampa Canyon - Playboat or River Runner?

Have a Yampa launch on the 11th of May, from split mountain to deerlodge. Hoping this weather lately is adding to (or maybe saving) the snowpack and we will see flows maybe in the 8-10,000 range - but I could be off.

What kayak? So far I have heard take both a playboat for the waves we will see and river runner for comfort. Anyone have an opinion one way or the other from when they went down?

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What boat?

A raft. Or canoe?
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A raft. Or canoe?
I guess with all the new raft/cataraft/canoe/kayak designs I should be more specific. I edited to add that I was asking about kayaks....
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I know,I was joking. Cause it's flaat. Our dedicated yakers even turned into rowers for it this year. Warm Springs should be a fun one though...
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I would go with a playboat if it is comfortable and hopefully you are doing a five day trip. If the water is good there is a great catch on the fly wave at teepee, don't get too far right. Split can be a lot of fun depending on the level of course. And I think you ment to say Deerlodge to split...
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You might consider a rec boat, like a perception acadia. Large, stable, good on flatter water, storage.

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Or borrow a raft, for real. No reason to take a whitewater kayak.
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Borrow an oar rig.
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The highest I have been on it is 4000. There are two playable holes on the entire run. Otherwise flat catch on the fly waves. I take my remix 69 or better yet go self support. There are few places at high water where a short boat is an advantage. Go Comfort and fast.

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Yes, you will be bored in a kayak. One good class IV (warmsprings), and some busy class II- on the last day, for 5 river days. I think you will be extra bored in a big boat, and a super short boat will make you feel the flatwater even more. I paddled my old xxx and was able to entertain myself by doing stern squirts on all the eddy lines and practicing flat water cartwheels. Would do the same again if forced to kayak it again....
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Wow, I must be getting old. Yes, it is class 2 but I would still put the Yampa as one of the great river trips of the west. I would always kayak it because you can get at what makes it great, the hiking and the scenery. Eddying out in tight places, climb out of your boat and walk for hours. Hop back in and be in your camp in no time. I have done flat water ends down the Yampa as well but for me scrambling to the rim is where it is at and being in a kayak gives you more options.

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