Today was a fantastic trip on Elevenmile, but I do feel I should share some info on a couple of hazards that definitely increase the consequences of this run...
The house size boulder at this drop is severly undercut:
(pic from last year)
, and (I wasn't present on this trip) another buzzard had a very unpleasant subterrainian experience underneath it yesterday (Saturday).
Then today a very solid boater friend of mine (gore, escalante, obj, big south) made a very poor decision to try and shoot a narrow slot...
he pinned, flipped, got sucked under the under cut, only to pop up swimming on the front side, then tried to pull himself up the flake in the center of the large boulder but dropped into the undercut again, only to pop up on the back side after I had time to paddle around the back and set up to pull him out...didn't look that serious until he was in it.
I thought I would also share the special info that I got my ass handed to me today too...at the very end of the run. This slide has a meaty hole at the bottom,
it humbled me...and I will leave it at that.