I'm paddling down the black canyon from Hoover Dam to Lake Mohave in a few weeks and I was thinking of using my greenland paddle for the trip just for something different.
I normally always use a euro blade when I paddle sections of the lower Colorado River. I've used my greenland paddle plenty in ocean harbors and really big lakes, but I'm wondering about if its appropriate to use in a river with a 4-5 knot current. I'd have a euro blade as my backup paddle.
Any thoughts, opinions, and advise are welcome before I launch.
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Posted by: bowler1 on Feb-07-13 2:10 PM (EST)
What class rapids are u running? Isn't the Colorado like class four and five? Are you using a sea kayak or a ww boat?
should be fine|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-07-13 2:32 PM (EST)
based on friends' stories and photos, Black Canyon is mostly flat water so you should be fine (not to say a GP wouldn't be fine even if a bit rougher).
Posted by: old_user on Feb-07-13 2:46 PM (EST)
Google on James Manke.
It bites - or rather doesn't|
Posted by: mintjulep on Feb-07-13 2:46 PM (EST)
A strong current, if it's uniform, shouldn't make any difference. But if it's not uniform and you need to maneuver across eddy lines or avoid big rocks it might be less than ideal.
CO River below Hoover is flatwater|
Posted by: elkhermes on Feb-07-13 6:48 PM (EST)
The CO River below Hoover Dam is pretty tame, all flat water. But, the current can be pretty strong.
I'd bring it|
Posted by: FrankNC on Feb-07-13 9:26 PM (EST)
I really like a GP for a long trip. Lots of folks use them for surfing. I have never seen anyone use them in whitewater but it has been done by goop paddlers a number of times.
You should be fine. |
Posted by: seadart on Feb-07-13 11:34 PM (EST)
GP and lower Co river|
Posted by: elkhermes on Feb-08-13 3:36 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback about using the GP on a long river trip. I'l go ahead and use it.