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Old 09-11-2013   #1
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Three-Way Rapid - Poudre

Hi all -
Recent gully-washers from the High Park burn area have made several significant changes to the Poudre. A number of side-streams have pushed rock and sand into the river, narrowing the channel.

This video pan is of is the former Three-Way (currently "No-Frickin'-Way"). A new wash on Friday has pushed many logs out and downriver (to cause new problems!), Other big restrictions are at Steven's Gulch and above Tunnel Rapid where side streams have pushed mud and rock into at least half of the channel.

It's still a mystery as to how these areas will shake out by spring! The right side of Three-Way could become the "cheat" or a nasty rock garden!

The vid is on Vimeo:

Be careful out there!

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I'd love to see more pics of the new blow out and obstructions as well, if you get around to it.


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Thanks for sharing. Looks like they're getting another flash up in the canyon again tonight.
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Major blow out happening as we speak. We may have a completely new river next year... For better or worse this is pretty amazing really.
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Hopefully all of the homes are out of harms way but I think we could see some major landslides.

On a more selfish note, I know the highway is closed but any sort of visual of these new rapids with water would be cool to see.
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Wow, The Poudre is going through some changes. I hope everyone in the Park up there is safe.
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Old 09-12-2013   #7
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Almost as impressive is the other slide that was mentioned on the rock report that came down Secret Canyon known to the climbers as the Palace.

The slide basically filled the river bed almost all the way across. Before this last rain it had in effect damn up the immediate upstream section which looked like a lake. The water was heading downstream in a new channel about 4 feet wide with a large rock right in the middle of the channel. If the river stays like this there is going to be a huge wave there at higher water (like right now).

Pics below are at .6 so very little water. They are cell phone pics so sorry about the quality.
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