Crossing the Yampa River

Crossing the Yampa River at Outlaw Park. According to readings from Deer Park upstream, the river was flowing at approximately 500 cfs on this day. The water was thigh deep and not unreasonably cold. On the return trip that evening the river had risen by at least six inches and the current was noticeably stronger. Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado. October 2009.


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TyeDyeTwins - Oct 21, 2009 11:10 am - Voted 10/10

Right on...

What a beautiful river crossing. Looks like it must have been a blast.


SarahThompson - Oct 22, 2009 7:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Right on...

Thanks! It was! In fact I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather and water levels cooperate so I can do it again next week :)


lcarreau - Oct 21, 2009 12:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Sarah ...

In the spot where you entered and exited from
Outlaw Canyon, were your helmets and rope more of a "psychological advantage" or did you use your helmets and rope quite extensively throughout the canyon?

If it had been me, I'd have chosen the
"swimming" option, even though the river's
depth varies greatly along its length.

Looks like you had the sunshine on your side!


SarahThompson - Oct 22, 2009 7:39 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sarah ...

The rope was only necessary in one instance - for the rappel into the pool. Helmets were personal decisions. I think everyone wore one but me.

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