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Old 04-17-2015   #1
Idaho Springs, Colorado
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Ruby/Horsethief shuttle

I'm planning on putting in tomorrow morning for the maiden voyage with my new raft! I've never done this stretch before, but I'm assuming it's gonna be pretty easy to hitch a shuttle on a Saturday morning. Is that the case? Or any other options for shuttle...not paying $90 to rimrock?


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Old 04-17-2015   #2
Vail, Colorado
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I wouldn't bank on hitching. Unless someone is at the WW takeout the same time you are there AND is willing to take you AND has room for you AND your gear. If not, i think its like a 9 mile hike back out to I-70 where you will be hard pressed to get a ride because of low traffic in that area this time of year. Just my opinion but every time I have been out to Ruby we have def ran shuttle. Let us know how it goes
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Old 04-17-2015   #3
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Stay Golden Pony Boy

He's right. Your gonna have to pony up on that one. Beautiful float though.
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Old 04-17-2015   #4
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The nice thing about Rimrock is they have a put in you can use right there. It adds about 4 miles to the float.
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Old 04-17-2015   #5
Montrose, Colorado
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Better off going with rim rock, Shelly and Travis provide great service and worth the ninety bucks.

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Old 04-18-2015   #6
Henderson, Nevada
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I would use Rimrock-use their launch and it only adds 1.5 hours to the trip.
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Old 04-18-2015   #7
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A voice for the opposition. I have hitched rides for the Ruby shuttle. I had to lay in the back with the muddy gear and the muddy dog, but I got the ride. I have also picked up hitchers. More than once. However, that was some 20 years ago when the rafting community was a bit more like a brotherhood than it has lately become. I still see people successfully hitching rides. To be honest though, I have reached a point in my life where I can afford the shuttle, and so use that service. I guess I just don't enjoy smelling like wet dog anymore
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Old 04-19-2015   #8
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I have had good luck getting a ride from people at the put-in in the morning. Just be friendly and speak to people and you should be fine.
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