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Old 02-12-2007   #11
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danger - maybe class IV at low (regular) bailey flows. run it at 600-800 cfs and you will notice that the move from left to right to be in the proper place as you launch your boof is more pushy than it looks from the portage seal-slide. Definitely a harder move at that level than the rest of the rapid. Anyway, it's a good drop, just don't miss the move...

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Old 02-12-2007   #12
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when i was up there (years ago) there was a big fat log chokked against the top of the lip out of water on one side and against a niche in the cliff under the water on the other side of it. it looked like some freak accident woulda kept a boater in it outa trouble but otherwise it looked like a total death-trap.. for some reason I think that log had been there for a really long time.

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Old 02-12-2007   #13
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I had read a GaryE post a long time ago that said when there was wood in there that it was severly ugly. I think that I remember that he cleaned it out at low water and made it a little safer but from the descriptions, not somewhere that I want to probe. When I saw the pic I assumed it was the drop that I had heard about but had never seen a pic of it.
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Old 02-13-2007   #14
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the swimmer was on his first run of bailey and his guide said to catch the very last eddy on the right at the lip of the falls. he caught the tail end of this small eddy and flipped over as he slid out of it. then, he panicked, pulled, and swam over the nastiness regaining composure in the pool below.
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Old 02-16-2007   #15
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washa machina if you pleasea

The hole is a notourious rear endo machine and can sometimes hold it's prey for a long time. I was filmed getting worked for 45 seconds in it once. Also, I snapped a closeup photo of Paul Zerkelbach during one of our many Bailey adventures together, which Paul, after being rear endoed, rolled up with his helmet visor busted in half and Paul with that off axis daze on his face. None the less, escape is probably always non-life threatening here unless new wood is present. Still, anyone running it often should always count on the potential plan B outcome. Yeehaa! Usually the visual scout will make up ones mind if their feeling prepared for the possible trashing. Bailey usually doesn't offer a no portage descent every time out. When you have them, though, they are worthy and enjoyable to bask in. Bailey is a classic.

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