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Old 07-23-2012   #1
 
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Gunny Gorge beta please

Reaching out to get a little solid info on Blacks canyon of the gunnison in september. I am planning on doing a two day through the canyon with my old man and two brothers. Raft/flyfish trip with the mile hike in. any good information would be awesome as this is our first time in the canyon and my first time navigating through it. I obviously have a good map,. is there any knarly spots? fishing tips? bank camping spot recs? Thanks to anyone, I have found this site to be very useful to me in the past...actually it's where I found my first raft!
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Old 07-23-2012   #2
 
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Do a search for Gunnison Gorge on this site. Or Gunny / Gunni Gorge, etc.

Don't look up the Black Canyon... different run.
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Yeah, and why does everybody insist on adding an 's' to the name of every canyon? Stop that. At least you didn't call it Blacks Creek.
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Old 07-24-2012   #4
 
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I think a first D of the Black in a raft would be worth a shot...I'd run safety.
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Reaching out to get a little solid info on Blacks canyon of the gunnison in september. I am planning on doing a two day through the canyon with my old man and two brothers. Raft/flyfish trip with the mile hike in. any good information would be awesome as this is our first time in the canyon and my first time navigating through it. I obviously have a good map,. is there any knarly spots? fishing tips? bank camping spot recs? Thanks to anyone, I have found this site to be very useful to me in the past...actually it's where I found my first raft!
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First info I would provide is that you are going to have a bitch of a time packing in your raft and gear if you don't rent the burros to carry it down.

What have you floated before? What difficulty level are you comfortable with? The Gunny Gorge is III+ with a couple of drops that may border on IV- depending on water levels and your experience. The biggest rapids of the run are all in the last mile of the Gorge before the river flattens out. They come in succession and are called S Turn, The Squeeze, The Drops, Cable, Jumping Jack Splash, The Gate Keeper and Grand Finale.

The best campsites IMO are in the open middle stretch of the run, although there are lots of options.

Here is a link to the BLM map which shows all the rapids and campsites as well as more detailed information:

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medial...resolution.pdf

(Oh, I editied your title to reflect the topic you actually wanted information on.)
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Thank you very much for the reply and good info. Yes, I have good experience naving class 3 and 4 rapids. Most of my experience is on the Arkansas, colorado, poudre..Im only taking my oar frame for the rafts and am planning on utilizing the mules. I appreciate the info. I have no experience on the gunnison gorge/ spelling/ adding s's/ local location references etc... and thus my posting for more info. Your info helps out thanks and I'll check out the link.
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Fishing should be good. Hoppers will probably still be around and bwo nymphs start to move around in September. Streamers from the boat can be really good. Flows have been bumping up and down for several weeks. Can get skinny around 400. Consider adding another day and float pleasure park to orchard. Pleasure is the gorge takeout and mellow class ii down to orchard and good fishing.
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Old 07-28-2012   #8
 
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As you get closer to your trip shout out to me. Chucker trail is 10min from my house and its a long way doun but maybe we couls share some costs.
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Depending on the dates I would love to run that again and help share costs to being 2/3 rafts down.have only been down once as a crew the hike sucks with a 14'er even with 6 crew members. Got to the put in at noon / one luckily hit the last rapid before dark interesting paddle out( I was the non commercial guide).but an awesome secluded canyon.
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I have been a commercial fishing guide in the Gunnison Gorge for over twenty years, this year I have started a new business for raft and equipment rental, with full logistical support and specializing in the Gunnison Gorge. Check out the web site at gunnisonriverpro.com or give me a call at 970-318-2509.
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