|Date: January 1- 3, 2015||Sponsor: DDRC|
|River: Colorado River , TX||Trip Leader: Earl Atnip|
|Reach: Webberville to Bastrop, TX (~30 miles)||Phone: 972-882-0952|
|Difficulty: Class I depending on water flow *(see scale below)||e mail email@example.com|
|Rendezvous: Little Webberville Park, Webberville, TX, 8AM||
Required Skills: Moving water / a few Class I rapids
|Backup Plan: Illinois River in Oklahoma||
This is a leisurely trip along the slow moving Colorado River from Little Webberville Park to Bastrop, about 30 miles. This time of year you can expect to see some bald eagles on along the river and perhaps some other wildlife. We will spend Friday and Saturday nights camped out on islands along the river. During this time of year we can have an extreme range of temps from below freezing to 80 degree days so watch the forecast and prepare accordingly. Please make sure you can carry all of your gear in your boat. Getting to the ramp and then finding you do not have room for all your gear is poor preparation. Asking someone else to carry your gear due to your poor preparation is not cool.
|* International Scale of River Difficulty
Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.
Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.
Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.
Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.
Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.
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