On the River: Rapid relief | AspenTimes.com

On the River: Rapid relief

The coming week offers the last of the locals specials offered by a couple of upper valley rafting outfitters, and June 18 brings a special special – Rapid Relief.Both Blazing Adventures and Aspen Whitewater Rafting will continue to run the locals deal on the upper Roaring Fork River, through Slaughterhouse Falls or the Jaffee Park-to-Basalt run, through June 18. It’s $39 for either stretch. On that final day of the locals special, Blazing Adventures will donate all of the proceeds to help cover the ongoing medical expenses of Charlie Gaylord, one of the company’s rafting guides, who is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a skiing accident last winter at Jackson Hole. Gaylord remains in a Denver hospital, according to Bob Harris, Blazing Adventures owner.The company will run six trips that Sunday – morning, afternoon and early evening runs on both the Slaughterhouse section and the upper Fork below Woody Creek, he said.It’ll be the last day for locals to catch a discount ride before the company’s prices jump to $82.50 for Slaughterhouse and $77.50 for the upper Fork.Aspen Whitewater will still cut locals a deal after the 18th, says owner Jim Ingram, but its official rates jump to $70 for the upper Fork below Woody Creek ($60 for kids) and $75 on Slaughterhouse, an adults-only run.Meanwhile, hot weather earlier this week edged up flows on the Fork below Aspen, but not to the levels whitewater enthusiasts enjoyed on May 23, which is now looking like it may have been the season’s peak day. Flows of close to 1,700 cubic feet per second were recorded for the Slaughterhouse section on that date, thanks to hot weather and a rainstorm the prior evening.Another big peak in the coming days probably requires the halt of diversions from the headwaters of the Fork to the Twin Lakes Reservoir, according to Harris. If the reservoir fills up soon and that water follows its natural course down this side of the Continental Divide, another peak to rival last month’s is still possible, he theorized.Regardless, Slaughterhouse isn’t for novices right now. That section was running roughly 1,500 cfs at midweek, said Harris, and Blazing Adventures was still limiting that stretch to clients with paddling experience.”When it’s around 1,000 [cfs], we’ll give people the benefit of the doubt,” he said.”The rafting is great right now – perfect,” Harris added.For more on area rafting/kayaking news, go to http://www.aspentimes.com/rafting.

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