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Kayak log: Upper Clear Creek 2009-07-07

Posted by Andy on July 08, 2009
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Date: 2009-07-07 6:30pm

Run: Upper Clear Creek (Kermitt’s to mile marker 260.6)

Flow: 550cfs

Class: IV

Temperature: Warm

Buddies: Fino

Description: This was my first run down Upper Clear Creek.  The first two drops (beaver 1 and 2) were fun and not too difficult.  The first one was more straight-forward.  We scouted this one before running – left of center, there is a pillow of water that builds up.  A good line is to basically try to get on top of the pillow and ride it all the way down, and miss the hole at the bottom.  We didn’t scout beaver 2, so we just made a best-guess line.  I went over a small drop on the left, and rode the tongue down to the bottom.  At the bottom there is a wall-like pillow of water on the left, which unexpectedly flipped both Fino and I.  Next time, I’ll be ready.  After that, there was some bony boogie water, leading up to the biggest rapid on the run.  Fino and I thought that this large drop was called “Cabbage Shredder,” but after looking at CRC and WWSR tonight, I think it actually was “Double Knife.”  We were thinking Double Knife was the last big rapid on the run, but I think that’s actually called “Terminator.”  Anyway, the first major rapid was definitely the hardest.  There is a nasty shelf pour-over at the top on the right.  We both took the left line at the top and worked to the center and right near the bottom, avoiding some nasty, sharp rocks and holes.  After that, there was some more boogie water, finally leading up to what I guess is Terminator.  This rapid has a large boulder on the right at the top, and another large boulder at the bottom on the left.  A large hole develops at the bottom left, but can be easily avoided (this must be the terminator hole.)  The rest of the run is easy class III-.  The takeout is a large asphalt pullout at mile market 260.6, but it seems like you can go quite a bit further before Blackrock starts.

Overall, it was a fun run.  I’d say it’s a little more white-knuckle than Lower CC, due to the nasty rocks, and larger drops, but less continuous class IV compared to LCC.

Carnage:  Rolled at beaver 2 (pillow wall got me), but cleaned the rest.

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Kayak log: Golden 2009-06-23

Posted by Andy on June 23, 2009
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Date:  2009-06-23 6:00pm

Run:  Clear Creek – Golden Play Park

Flow:  ~780 cfs

Class:  III

Temperature:  A little cloudy and rainy, but not too cold

Buddies:  Nick Lamb

Description:  Another after-work run at Golden.  The “James Wave” is good at this flow, it gets less steep and more front-surfable.

Carnage:  None

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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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