Black Canyon: SOB Portage
We had a group of 5 from CKS run the Black Canyon on Mon-Tues. The flow was about 1200 cfs, probably my favorite level so far. Based on info from the group that went in a few weeks back, we knew that the "Hairy Ferry" at the base of SOB gully could be dicey. A new rock slide had crashed into the river, constricting the flow at the Hairy Ferry and the Seal Launch as well. You could still attemp this move, and the group before had pulled it off; however, its a must make move above some major drops/sieves. The new rock slide makes it sketchy to hit the small eddies on river right. If you miss it you're screwed...
After scouting the Seal Launch portage zone we found that you could scramble across the big rocks just upstream of the seal launch...almost all the way to river right just above what Milo calls the "holding tank." The scramble involves walking around some crazy looking potholes that are filled with algae, then sliding into the water upstrream of the big eddy on river right that sets you up for an easy paddle to river right...avoiding all sketch. Pulling this off took us about 15 mins with a group of 5. There's a rock cairn 40 feet upstream of the seal launch that marks the zone.
I'll post some pics of this move when they are avilable.
PS- The new rapid is sweet! Run it center driving right and avoid the huge hole at the bottom, and the one after it...
Salida Ranger 420