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It occured to me today as I checked the flows tab how I automatically respond to the red and green. In late may when everything started turning green I was like a kid in a candy store. I was happy, even if I wasn't going to run some of the runs, I was just happy that they had water. Now when I check the flows I heave a sign of dissappointment and resignation at all of the red staring me in the face. At least I'll be hitting the mountain with a snowboard soon...
 

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To the 12 or so paddlers that I was having a good time with at Golden today the Red Zone means we can finally come out and play where before in the Green we just kinda sat and watched........

It's all in how you look at it.......
 

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If you are from the South, then you will find that the red is often runnable. The gauges are colored with a more Rocky Mountain perspective. Most of my boating has been in the SE, and I must have run Bailey ten times under 200 before I learned that that was considered by most to be unrunnably low. I now know it's way more fun with bigger water, but I still would go down to 165. Did it at 145 on accident once too, all the drops were good. Last year someone posted ultra-low water pics of a Gore run (450? maybe 250? don't recall) and it looked so sweet - all boofs and east-coast style creeky rapids. Ed Hansen has posted a few times that the Numbers are still fun down to 450. I actually think that 700 on the Numbers has much better play than 1000, 1500 or 2200.
 

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Most of the boating I have done has actually been in the red or orange according to the buzz. Sometimes I think they should lower the level standards just a little.
 

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Perspective.... I once ran the numbers on Labor day at 250 in a dancer had a great day. i perfer 2 to 3 k but hell i am thinking of hitting it this week. If memory serves the Gore photos were at about 450 and it did look sweet. sj
 

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Cool!

Thanks for the thoughts on low water runs. I have only seen a handlful of rivers in colorado since I moved up here in the middle of the summer. I assumed red meant there wasn't really even enough water to get down the river. I'll give some a shot!
 
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