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Old 08-16-2013   #1
 
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New SUPer...moving from lakes to something more...interesting

Hello, oh wise ones. This grasshopper is looking for easy, into river run. Did my virgin SUPing on a little stretch on the Yampa outside of steamboat and now I own a HALA inflatable, and looking for beginner river run. Is there such a thing as Class 0-I? I don't mind getting wet...just not interested in dying. Looking for something within 3 hrs. of Denver. Thanks!

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Old 08-16-2013   #2
 
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Welcome to the rio paddling. My advice- go take a class on rivers, much to learn. Or find a group of folks willing to take a newb down and teach the way.

Good luck, respect & enjoy!
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Old 08-17-2013   #3
 
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The upper C - Pumphouse section or anything below that would be good. Most of it is flat water, with some current, and the rapids are all easy especially if you drop to your knees.
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Old 08-17-2013   #4
 
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thanks all--will do. appreciate the advice! any suggestions on guide/lessons near buena vista? Hope for car camping near there + iSUP. I see there are vendors...can check those too...but appreciate the non-commerical advice
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Old 08-17-2013   #5
 
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Check out Elephant Rock camping. It's right outside of town, and the stretch you'll want to check out is the Milk Run. You can get some solid instruction from the RMOC folks (in between BV and Salida on Hwy 285). And the stretch you'll want to hit is the Milk Run, it is a great Class I-II. First part is a bit tricky for beginners with some rocks to navigate but it mellows out quickly.
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Old 08-18-2013   #6
 
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Thanks, bldrmorgan. perfect.
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I would like to recommend these guys if you want a lesson or two. About Stand Up Paddle Colorado- What's SUP

I would also start at Rancho or State bridge and go to two bridges on the upper C for a good mellow class one run. Above Rancho, the rapids are a little more like class 2-3. You can also hire the people at Rancho to shuttle your vehicle. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 08-18-2013   #8
 
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Check the flows - they turned off the Ark. Best bet now is definitely the upper C, which should be flowing decently for another couple months. Paddlefest (May) is a good time to start hitting the BV area, and they have some SUP clinics then as well.
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Rancho to State Bridge was my first down river SUP paddle. I'd definitely recommend it!
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RMOC in Salida is running a special on SUP instruction details here
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