Originally Posted by PiToN
BTW... Is Trash Can the double boof ledge hole thing with rocks on the left near the end of the run? If so, it's waiting for the unwary boofer.
It is the first drop in the section that has a rock wall on the right, after Supermax. It has a long class IIIish approach and is not visible from above until you are pretty much entering it (it's still read-and-run though). The current divides around the rock Roy describes. The main current pushes right around the rock, so you have to avoid the wall it pushes into if you go right. At any decent flow, you can drive left through some mank and go left around the rock and into a little 2' boof back into the main current. I prefer the left line, but you have to be careful of the mank and the move is easier if you start the cut left a bit later than you would really like to. Conversely, if you don't drive right hard enough at the right time, you will broach on the rock. (Been there, but popped off in about 2-3 seconds.)
The drop you are describing is referred to as Mystery Eddy on the AW page because you can boof into the left eddy and disappear from upstream view. In 2001 at 175 cfs there was a log across the flow, but underwater, between the first and second drops here. Safe to run, but if the log is still under the froth, it would be a bad place to swim. Fortunately the move anove isn't very hard and it is easy to roll if you were lazy and got backendered/surfed. I prefer to call it Little Bitch, because that's the attitude it usally seems to have.
Roy - glad you are OK. That is a scary story. Great job using your head and being prepared for it.