Unexpected "Kayaking Shoshone" Opportunity - Summit Paddle Club
Today was supposed to be a late season CKS Summit Paddle Club trip to the Upper C, but not enough people confirmed to make it an official paddle club trip with a CKS guide. The Colorado Kayak Supply staff suggested I stop by the store anyway. More than likely some others would show up for paddling.
Sure enough, several people came. They made plans for kayaking Shoshone instead of the Upper C. Shoshone is a run that I had heard to be a significant step up from the Upper Colorado Pumphouse to Radium run.
It turned out to be more than just a step up. It was a leap above anything I have run previously.
Although my first run down the Lower Blue River presented big waves to blast through, kayaking Shoshone offers a more technical experience and "swirly" water situations that are a fun challenge for a beginner.
Unfortunately an annoying water drop in front of the lens interferes with the one movie file captured this day. I decided to include it anyway. I thought I should have some visual documentation of my first day kayaking Shoshone.
Due to a low snowfall year, Shoshone has been dam released at lower levels than normal. I am told the rapids are smaller this season. Also, being flipped now is more of an issue because of submerged boulders that would normally be too deep to be a factor, but now are at prime head striking levels under the water.
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