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Old 03-10-2014   #1
Lakewood, Colorado
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Proper Flows for Gunny Gorge

Hello all,

I noticed recently that they opened up the gates on the Gunnison River, and Gunny Gorge seems to be running somewhat.

I was curious, as an intermediate rafter(R2 w/ my partner in a Saturn mini, yup i said Saturn), what would be the best flows for a safe, but fun run down the Gorge.

We are rather experienced in Class III whitewater, but I notice some of the rapids in the Gorge could be Class IV at certain flows.

Which brings me to my next point, If the flows hold in the Gunnison, anybody down to any overnighter this spring? Safety in certain numbers folks...

Future Thanks for the feedback.

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Old 03-10-2014   #2
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I've run it below 300 and up to 3k. We go every year, never this early in the season though. Nothing like getting a little workout hiking the boats and gear down the chukar before shoving off. The rapids are pretty straight forward. Watch out for all the snakes.
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Old 03-13-2014   #3
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I have been down the Gunny a few times in 13 and 14 foot oar boats. Don't have any experience with paddle rigs, though. It seems to me that it is much more technical when the flow is below 850cfs. 1200cfs makes it much easier for us. If you have experience with class III, you should be just fine. There may only be one class IV left after Boulder Garden was changed by some flooding. Cable Rapid is the class IV, but we have stuck boats in a couple of other spots (ie. Grand Finale). At the lower flows some of the slots are very tight to get through. A nice feature of the lower flows is the fact that there are nice slow pools below nearly every rapid. As the flows get up higher, you could be in for a longer swim if something goes south.
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Old 03-13-2014   #4
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I would be in for a Gunny trip, hit me up when you plan on going. I'm just down the road in Ridgway. I've been down it 4 or 5 times and the hardest part is the shuttle...I'll send you an email with my contact info...

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Old 03-13-2014   #5
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I appreciate the feedback. It sounds like we will be able to make it down with the current flows. Now to get work off.

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