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Old 06-06-2018   #1
 
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Barrel Springs and upper/lower death

I haven’t posted in a while but I was board and I have always had a fascination with barrel Springs especially upper death since before I kayaked at all but I was just wondering if anyone knows any cool history or facts about it like first descents, high water runs, or any story’s of you or other people running either barrel or upper death I would love to hear them. Thanks👌

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Old 06-06-2018   #2
 
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No facts - but I have some early 90s VHS footage of guys running it at high water in 1995 or 96 I think. I will see if I can find it and convert it to digital and post. I have a buddy that grew up in Mesa that has been bugging me for the old tapes. From old end of season "carnage" videos put together by some old Arkansas river video boaters - Ron Tomlinson, Tracey Clapp, Kev MacCarthy., etc. Any suggestions for taking it from VHS to digital?
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That would be awesome but I have no idea how to convert tapes best shot is probably to play it on a tv and record it with your phone or if you can hook it up to a computer and get screen recording software
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Some good video of high water:





Shaneslogic a kayak blog: Big Water on Upper Death and the Barrell Springs Rapid

Thought there was a good write up/video by Fred Norquist but can't seem to find that. Pretty impressive section at high water, love coming out of the tunnel and just seeing mist.
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Oh ya I have seen those and Fred’s also Jonathan Satz run wasn’t as high but definitely beefy and in my opinion the lines look a bit better when higher but if you swim it would not be fun.
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Here is Fred's edit, pre Bomb Flow and when he used to actually frequent this forum......


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The Doris Brothers in the Roaring Fork Valley were running it in the 80's. They ran it in a raft at 22K one time, but knowing those guys I doubt there is any footage of it. They were known as Hank and Roy but those were aliases and they didn't like to be photographed. They worked with both of the Aspen/Snowmass outfitters during my time there, which were Rift Raft and Blazing Paddles at the time.
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Well before the put the Interstate in we'd go down to Upper Death and float rocks. They didn't float long but they did float for a foot or two.
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Holly shit, have to love it. Thanks, for posting those videos.
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Here's Burt Loper and Ellsworth Kolb portaging in 1916:

From this article: https://www.postindependent.com/news...ivers-history/

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