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Old 03-16-2015   #1
 
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Colorado trip advice

Some friends and I are heading to Colorado for a rafting trip. Was thinking of rafting Browns on the Arkansas river. We don't have a lot of experience since we live in Iowa and raft 1 or 2 times a year so don't want anything too harry.

We did the Gauley a couple of years ago and that was a little over our head but we survived.

Any suggestions on what to look out for or other nice runs? Where we can put in and take out etc would be appreciated. We will be running our super puma.

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Lots of good options nearby if you find Browns a little too much- or too little. Really depends on water level. When are you planning to come?

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Although the authors are kayakers, this would be a great investment:

Whitewater of the Southern Rockies
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Don't smoke weed in your car if you're driving back to Iowa. If you can get on a westwater canyon trip do it! Easy permit, fairly easy run if it's not high, just bring all the required gear (it's a bit much). Very nice overnight trip and a great western river experience.
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I second the Westwater idea- BUT, a solo boat down there raises the stakes quite a bit. Browns is full of boats and help is always near. A solo boat with relatively low experienced boaters might not be a smart plan on Westwater. Whole different deal when it comes to consequences. Put together a group and do it right.

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We are coming out the 30th of April. Going to raft the 1st and 2nd of May.


Our family did a commercial trip on Browns 4 or 5 years ago and that is what got me hooked on whitewater rafting. I don't recall it being extremely difficult. The Gauley was worse. The upper kicked our butt and the new river was great and the Lower we handled without much problems.

Any other suggestions while we are out there? We are meeting up with my 2 cousins who live in Denver but have only rafted the one time on the commercial trip. I don't smoke but my cousin and the other guy going are pretty heavy so I will give them a heads up.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Don't smoke weed in your car if you're driving back to Iowa. If you can get on a westwater canyon trip do it! Easy permit, fairly easy run if it's not high, just bring all the required gear (it's a bit much). Very nice overnight trip and a great western river experience.

That sounds great but I don't think we will do an overnight trip on this go around.
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Browns is full of boats and help is always near.
As true as this often is, it's bad advice. Make sure you know how to rescue yourselves.

You guys took your raft down the Upper Gauley?

Something seems fishy about this whole thing....
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guessing they mean lower gauley....
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