Flipped us over and upside down. We had to let the boat go. Assumed it would make it at least to Moab.
But then we got a call that night from Ryan Moyer of Up the Creek Rafting in Glenwood Springs. He was driving in I-70 and saw us flip and swim, chased the boat to the New Castle ramp, put on his dry suit, jumped in, caught the boat, and was able to take it out at the Silt ramp. He dropped it off at my house in Glenwood the next day.
As to the gear, the river was super high and fast 18-19K cfs. When Ryan finally caught the boat and flipped it over a few miles downstream, the gear was long gone.
If you're ever in need of a guided trip on the Upper Colorado or Roaring Fork, remember Ryan and send him the business. Great guy!
That is awesome. We witnessed something very similar the day before at Glenwood wave.
Raft guides from just above the wave saw an upside down, unmanned raft go by, and immediately gave chase in a ducky. Got it righted just a few hundred yards above the wave, but sans oars, they just held the bow down and gutted it.
I can only assume this boat made it home safely. It was a green raft in the 13-14' range I would guess.
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