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Old 05-12-2019   #1
Canmore, Alberta
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Road-tripping Class IV/IV+ kayaker looking for paddling opportunities

Just got off the Grand Canyon and delaying my return to Canada until it warms up a bit there. Want to try some rivers in Colorado. Currently in Grand Junction but thinking of heading to Durango area for a few days, then maybe to BV for the Numbers next weekend. Could head as far south as Taos Box before then.

Who's paddling, where, this week?



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Old 05-13-2019   #2
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It's still pretty low water, although by the end of the week we might start to see levels rising. The Piedra might be a good choice, but it'd be a heck of a drive from GJ. Shoshone and Westwater are both pretty close to you.

Those are all III-IV runs IIRC (Shoshone might just be III, and westy only has one IV).
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Old 05-13-2019   #3
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Escalante creek is a good one near where you are currently...just s.w. of Delta, Co.
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Old 05-13-2019   #4
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The Animas is in. Crystal River Narrows, Gilman Gorge on the Eagle, lower Gore Creek (Vail) is about to come in and that leads you into Dowd Chute....

I live in BV and the releases on the Ark have dropped off. It should rise by next weekend, but I wouldn't count on it being a great flow because it's still mostly dam controlled until the melt really kicks in.

A southward road trip would be worthwhile right now. Animas, Piedra and down to Taos. Hit the lower Box and Racecourse and if your feeling brave the Embudo is in.
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Old 05-14-2019   #5
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Hit the Lochsa on one of your final stops if you've never been there.
It's good now, gonna be smokin' by US memorial weekend in 2 weeks.
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Old 05-17-2019   #6
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one word: California.
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