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Old 05-18-2006   #1
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Beta on Gilman por favor

I've been thinking about paddling Gilman Gorge this weekend, but I've never done it before. I had a friend who said that 200cfs at the putin is his minimum, it's at 222 right now with 557 at the takeout. I was wondering what are the prime flows for this run, when does it get stompy?

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Old 05-18-2006   #2
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It's perfect right now, moving toward stompy. It's good to go with 150 at the put-in, with about 400 at the takeout being the friendliest level there is. The dowd chute gauge is a good indicator too, between 4-5 feet being optimal. It's just under 5 right now.
Big crews in Gilman for the past two weeks or so, including a growing swim team. I consider anything over 5 feet or 600 cfs at the takeout on the big side, especially for your first run through. But it's really fun at the moment.

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Old 05-18-2006   #3
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I just paddled Gilman for the first time the other day, the Chute gauge was about 4.5 ft. I ran it again two days ago with about 5 feet on the Chute...I think these are great levels for a first run (scout where Fall Creek comes in on the left and at the last railroad bridge, after it mellows out, before Slurry Pipe -- you might want to walk this one). It seems like the holes are big but flushier than they might be at lower water, also many f-u rocks are underwater or at least covered.

Any higher I think eddies are going to be fewer and farther between, these main scouting spots would be ok but you would have to be on your toes (the first day I blew the eddy before Fall Creek and ran the entrance drops blind).


P.S. The Chute is running at about 5 ft. today.
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Old 05-18-2006   #4
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As willoughby said its perfect right now. I did a Homestake/Gilaman last night. Badkins, you'll dig it. Check out Homestake when you're around. Bony and steep. If I'm around I'd love to join. When are you coming up? Got a spare room for you if you want (moved to Frisco)

there's really no top end for the run. I've done it when you're barely making under the bridges. Holes get bigger, lines are the same except entrance to slurry.

Stay alert for a lurking hole at the end of slurry. its a sleeper and most people end up swimming out of it.
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