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Trip Report: Turquiose Lake, Aug 20, 2011

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by BigBubbaJ, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. BigBubbaJ

    BigBubbaJ DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Colorado, USA
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    Here is a video from the trip. Apologies we don't have more, but my camera video button was inverted (user error).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZvW7gQXnzU

    Temps were 60 at the surface, and 47 at 60 feet.
    Visibility was probably 10-20 feet. It was quite nice at 30'

    We conducted two dives, as two teams. There were John Adsit (boulderjohn), James Williams (amascuba) and I as one team for Dive one. We floated a flag out about a hundred yards, which was about in 30' of water. We descended there, plan was max depth 60'. We swam out to 60 and it got pretty chilly, and very very dark. It was a bit murkier here, so we didn't spend much time there and ventured back to about 30 feet, and then spent the rest of the dive at 30 feet. Didn't see any fish except a few dead trout. Found some trash and trinkets. Really nice and relaxing, and the vis from 30' to the surface was probably in the 15-20 range. At 20 feet you could clearly see the surface.

    Second dive, was just James and I. We took the scooters out to 30', then went 13 mins south, and back. We didn't see anything but more of the same, but it was a bit darker due to cloud cover. On the way back we encountered the other team (of three this time) and buzzed about then managed to find the line from the buoy so we knew we were back at the entry point. We opted to go five minutes north, and came across some amazing and giant boulders that were quite interesting, but came up pretty quick while we were on scooters. Next time i'd play in there some more, as there is more to see in the nooks and crannies there.
    We came back 5 minutes and ended the dive.

    All in all, we had perfect weather and good enough visibility to make the driving worth it.
     
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    All in all, I would say it was a very satisfactory day, especially for me, since I have been out of the water for a variety of reasons for far too long.

    I thought I would explain Justin's comments on the team setups. Steve brought two scooters, and we had five divers. Steve and Joe took the scooters on the first dive, and Justin and James had them on the second. In each case the remaining divers formed a team of three.

    There was, frankly, not a lot to see at the bottom of this lake. I believe all five of us saw a total of two fish, both of which were dead. We saw a bunch of fishing lures, left behind by people who seem to think there are more. Curiously enough, other than rocks, the item we saw the most of was golf balls.

    For those of you who are using standard PADI dive tables and have not taken an altitude class, at this altitude (9,800 feet), on the dive when we hit our maximum depth of 62 feet, you would adjust that depth to 110 feet when calculating your pressure group.
     
  3. BigBubbaJ

    BigBubbaJ DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Colorado, USA
    580
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    18
    And John, we even got you on video! :D
     
  4. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Boulder, CO
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    A rare event indeed! Still pictures and videos of me diving are few and far between. I am the Phantom of the scuba world. The picture in my SB profile was old when I posted it 6-7 years ago.

    I believe those are indeed the backs of my fins in part of that video. I guess that counts for getting me on video, but only barely.
     
  5. BigBubbaJ

    BigBubbaJ DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Colorado, USA
    580
    23
    18
    Do these count, John :)
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  6. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes--but James got those, didn't he? You ganged up on me!
     
  7. BigBubbaJ

    BigBubbaJ DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Colorado, USA
    580
    23
    18

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