Pine through below rapid 5 is great fun now. The flow is probably in the 450-500 range and is beginning to get some speed and push to it. I got to paddle it with Colin from RMOC yesterday (Be certain to check out RMOC.com if you're looking for kayaking instruction this summer. He's got a great operation and many excellent camps and courses.) and with Shane. We had a blast! Though, it was a bit cold on the water. Afterwards we saw another eagle, this time a Golden, and watched four Rams nearby as we enjoyed the afternoon heat, beer, and horseshoes at the takeout. Pine and 5 were the highlights, though Colin was practicing some impressive boofs in upper rapid 4 and other places.
The day before we did Browns. Pressed for time we put in on Chalk Creek. Ha! Yeah, the rocks were wet at least. It was largely a boat tow, but probably was faster than putting in at Ruby or higher. Nonetheless, I rarely do Browns at less that peak levels. So it was cool to see the rapids on the technical side. It was fun, but of course nothing like Pine and #s. Still can't believe it's March boating. I do wish we were skiing waste deep pow, but you gotta love the early season boating option.
No risk, no reward. It is not that we have to, it is that we get to. Preparation and education are essential to self-confidence and success. - KV
"If there is no risk there is no adventure."- Bill Briggs