Big South... keep your eyes open...
To all that plan to run the BS...
As mentioned in several posts, there are clean lines through the whole run, but let me say, there is still a bunch of wood in there. This is evidenced by 1 very scary close call we had yesterday, as well as a lesser, but still sketchy climb out of boat onto a log with another situation. I also heard of several other situations that developed with other groups once we got to the takeout.
If you know the run, as you approach the last IV-(ish) rapid prior to Prime Time proper... there is a long log that is pointing upstream from river right. It funnels you right into the shore which is not good where it is located and then under it which has branches still... As you are coming down it's easy to stay left, but only if you start that way from the top. If you are going right from the top, you are going into it... period.
There are several logs that at "medium levels" (yesterdays flows) are JUST below the surface. These are going to continue to get more sketchy as levels even slightly lower. One guy in our group didn't make it over one, current grabed his stern, flipped him upside down and under the log in his boat. One of the worst situations that can develop on a river. He was fortunate to get out, and swam under the log to get out. Yes... very scary indeed.
Some of the worst wood is in the last mile, once you get to the III+(ish) section. Keep alert till you are carrying your boat is my opinion.
All in all, as I started, there are clean lines, and damn they are good...
The Big South is my all time favorite run in Colorado and each time I get in there, I am always reminded of it. Get in there and get after it!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"