Monthly Archives: June 2009

Kayak log: Dumont to Kermitt’s 2009-06-20

Posted by Andy on June 23, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-20 10:30am

Run:  Dumont (6-pipes bridge) to Kermitt’s

Flow:  ~700 cfs

Class:  IV/III

Temperature:  cloudy and cold (water temp was cold!)

Buddies:  Chadwick, Fino

Description:  Fino and I ran the Dumont section and met up with Chadwick at Chicago Creek for the Idaho Springs town run.  Dumont is awesome at this flow.  The upper section of Dumont is somewhat continuous class III with a few larger (but short) drops.  The middle section consists of fish-ladder type drops, with fairly easy read-and-run decisions.  The lower section contains some more continuous, narrow sections surrounded by road-blast rocks.  Near the bottom there are some pretty significant, longer sections of rapids.  Right before Outer Limits rapid, there is a long pushy rapid that was awesome at this flow.  Outer Limits was fun, and not too difficult.

Carnage:  I took a pretty silly swim after getting stuck in what should have been a nothing pour-over.  I wen’t over the pour-over hoping to get some boof practice, but ended up getting stuck in a pretty steep hole at the bottom.  I sat in it for a second bracing, but it was a bit too steep to really get in position to surf out, so I gave up a little too early and ended up swimming.  I think I could have gotten out if I tried a little harder, not sure what happened there…  Oh well, I guess you’re always between swims.  Fino managed to broach my boat on a rock a little ways down, and I held onto my paddle, so it ended up being a pretty minor swim, aside from a few bumps and bruises.

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Kayak log: Lower Clear Creek 2009-06-17

Posted by Andy on June 23, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-17 5:30pm

Run:  Lower Clear Creek (abbreviated), Golden Play Park

Flow:  690 cfs

Class:  IV/III

Temperature:  not bad (?)

Buddies:  Chadwick, Fino, Fello

Description:  Met up with Fino, Fello, and Chadwick for an after-work run.   I got out of work a bit late, so we ran an abbreviated version of Lower CC from Elbow Falls down to the play park.

Carnage:  Chadwick dropped Elbow falls upside down and got a nice cut on his eyebrow.  Maybe we should rename it “Eyebrow Falls.”  Later on Cheez had a little swimming expedition a little ways up from screamin’ 1/4 mile.  Other than that, the run was a success.

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Kayak log: Golden 2009-06-09

Posted by Andy on June 09, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-05 5:30pm

Run:  Clear Creek – Golden Play Park

Flow:  690 cfs

Class:  III

Temperature:  High 60s/low 70s

Buddies:  Nick Lamb

Description:  Quick after-work run at Golden

Carnage:  None

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Kayak log: Poudre 2009-06-07

Posted by Andy on June 07, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-07 noon

Run:  Cache la Poudre (Mishawaka Inn to Bridges take-out)

Flow:  ~1100 cfs (3.5′ ?)

Class:  III, IV

Temperature:  ? (cloudy, cold, and windy)

Buddies:  Chadwick Shoults, Craig Foley

Description:  A fun run through Lower Mish, Poudre Park, and Bridges.  Nothing major to report.  Lower Mish was good, as was Poudre Park.  Cardiac Corner was no problem, and Pineview was fun.  Had a little slip-up at the start of Pineview and had to roll right away, but managed to recover quickly and make it down the rest of it cleanly.  Chadwick put it best at the end of the run: “It’s hard to have a bad day on the Poudre.”

Carnage:  None

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Kayak log: Union Chutes 2009-06-06

Posted by Andy on June 06, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-06 1:00pm

Run:  South Platte – Union Chutes

Flow:  1530 cfs

Class:  III

Temperature:  High 70s

Buddies:  Just me, and some other noobs

Description:  Just a quick trip down to stinky Union Chutes.  According to Mountain Buzz, the river is “Crankin” at 1530, so I decided to head down and see how the Hawaii 5-0 wave looked.  Overall, it was pretty fun.  The initial drop in (the dam) was a decent-sized wall wave all the way across, with about a 3 foot foam pile.  It looked good for surfing, but unfortunately, the flow was high enough to wash out the eddies on both sides, so there was no easy way to get back into it.  The “Hollywood” hold was pretty tame, I tried getting into it, but it was a little too steep and bouncy for surfing.  “Hawaii 5-0” was probably the best feature today.  The big wave forms pretty well at this flow, but it’s not as retentive as it could be.  Last year (or a few years ago?) at 2000+ it was awesome.  It was fun today, but not as good as the flood of a few years ago.  The remaing drops were ok.  The last drop (“Sorority Chick?”) before the long flatwater section was actually a good surfing wave, I was able to pull off a few spins.

Carnage:  Accidentally got nasty water in my mouth

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