Originally Posted by grant green
I see the drift boat got caught on the fence. Does anyone know where the other boat flipped? I'll be on the Rogue in 2 weeks and it would be nice to have a little scouting report.
The Oregonian said that the second accident happened on "the north side" of the river, meaning river right. But it didn't indicate whether that was at the top of the rapid, the middle, or the lower. When I was there in mid-July, there actually was a run down the right, but I really doubt that it could be open at this water level. Still, a video on YouTube shot shortly after the first accident shows someone starting on the far left, making the eddy turn to the center chute and then going to the right side.
That move is always possible, but is not the conventional route, which goes to the left of the VW rock.
One thing the YouTube video does illustrate very well is the need to make your eddy turn from the left-side entry early and strong. Timing is everything. If you're a second or two late making the cut, you'll end up where the drift boat is.
Another thing that it illustrates is the need to HIGH SIDE! I always make a point of reminding my passenges to be ready to go to the high side as soon as it looks like we might broadside a rock (or drift boat). But the two guys on the blue raft stay put as if their butts were glued to the seats, even as their raft goes over.