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AB
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Minimum for Cobungra
Oct 11th, 2005 at 11:22pm
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I am interested in the minimum level people have paddled the Upper Cobungra (Smiths to Duck) and still had fun. Any info regarding gauging whether it's still worth a go would be appreciated. If you can apply info to level of Mitta at Hinomunjie / the guage on the bridge at the Duck or even the girders under the bridge on the Duck side it would be even more appreciated. I don't mind rock dodging - in fact think it's a lot of fun. But don't want to have to portage everything either! Thanks in advance.
  
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Re: Minimum for Cobungra
Reply #1 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 5:29am
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Have you read the review in the paddle australia section of this adventure pro site.

According to that, it's fairly closely related to the mitta. Any more than a meter at hinnomunjie is what it says. I can't varify that tho, so don't take my word for it.

Tim
  
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Re: Minimum for Cobungra
Reply #2 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 7:50am
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based on hinomunjie...

at 0.9 its a complete waste of time.

at 1.1 its paddleable - some of its ok, some unpleasant

about 1.2 at hinomunjie is minimum for enjoyable boating - there is still a fair bit of rock dodging...

>1.4 is best...

these are sweeping generalisations. For example, did it a couple of months ago when there was hardly any water coming down the mitta and heaps coming down the cobungra - mitta was at ~1.3, but normally if the cobungra is that high, mitta would be more like 1.6.

hairy
  
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Re: Minimum for Cobungra
Reply #3 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 10:00pm
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Hey AB.
Paddled that section this time last year. it was at 1.2 (on the bridge at the duck it was low but was fine to paddle. Was really fun. was actually a good level for the first time down, not to pushy. Do it again for sure at that level.
Jealous of the paddling, to cold here all rivers are freezing over.  Sad Gunna be a long time before im back in a boat!!
cheers Mandy
  
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Re: Minimum for Cobungra
Reply #4 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 11:09pm
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Hey there, i may be incorrect but i have written this level in the front of my guide book, and that was 0.0.   
At this level all rapids are paddlable (although most of our party did portage one rapid half way through.) but you did say that you liked rock dodging... There is still enough water over the waterfall rapid but you'd be getting out of your boat to check this anyway.
At this level it flows very similar to a bundarra run as only a few rapids are pushy. By 0.0 i mean the water was at the very bottom of the gauge @ the blue duck. It was still a great paddle and reasonably user friendly. Dave M
  
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