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Old 09-18-2012   #1
 
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Recommendation for Gore Canyon raft outfitter?

Can anyone recommend a good Gore Canyon outfitter? I want to take a few buddies down for my bachelor party but don't want to pay $165+.

I dont care to have a full day trip with pampering/food etc. I just want to scare the $#%@ out of my friends.I would also be interested in a paid pirate run too!

Thanks in advance!!

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Old 09-18-2012   #2
 
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Cue the Class II rafters telling everyone that its sooo illegal to run a paid raft trip without a permit...
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Old 09-18-2012   #3
 
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no advice on a company. but you should do it fast. gore is dropping fast and i feel as if its not going to be manageable in a raft for much longer this season. the paddle in is getting very shallow.
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Old 09-18-2012   #5
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Hi, I'm wondering why you want to scare the $#%@ out of your friends? Why not just plan an enjoyable and exciting float?

I have a friend who will never raft again because his "friend" took him down Gore, promising a fun float. No matter what I tell him, he just can't get into a boat. He was terrified, ended up swimming, and was lied to about what he was getting into. Now he won't trust anyone about going on any type of float.

Are you sure you want to do this to your group of friends?


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Can anyone recommend a good Gore Canyon outfitter? I want to take a few buddies down for my bachelor party but don't want to pay $165+.

I dont care to have a full day trip with pampering/food etc. I just want to scare the $#%@ out of my friends.I would also be interested in a paid pirate run too!

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 09-18-2012   #6
 
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Weed them out early. Its not for everyone.
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Old 09-18-2012   #7
 
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Why wouldn't he want to scare his friends? Gore could be down right terrifying, but at these flows it's not much worse then clear creek at 1000 cfs+ or Pine Creek #s juicing. Actually safer than those popular commercial runs, I would imagine. Hell, I sometimes r2 Gore at these flows with my Dog, drunk, in a bucket boat.
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I wanna hang out w pizzle.
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Old 09-19-2012   #9
 
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Gore costs what it does for several reasons:
1. Senior, experienced guides. The kind of folks that get paid fairly well for what they do, the risk they take, and the stress of being responsible for people in a class V environment.
2. Safety boaters. Most runs in Colorado don't require safety boaters, having one in Gore is a good idea.
3. Insurance. It's probably a safe bet that insurance costs more for a class V river than a class III one.

All that said it is late season and if you call around and tell them that you are looking for a deal you might just get one. Especially if you have two or three boats worth of people going (vaguely 8 to twelve people) it is more cost effective for the company. If you can't find the deal you want go raft shoshone into glenwood springs. No it's not scary, but it is beautiful.
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Old 09-20-2012   #10
 
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Thanks everyone for the insight and humor! Its 717 right now with an occasional spike. Not looking too good!
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