Gore was epic and the video is rendering right now...
A crew of four dropped into the canyon: Myself (JP Griffith), my brother (Griff Griffith), Alex Dodge, and Brian Bank. Brian was the only one of us to do pyrite and therefore the only one with the complete decent. A sign at the take out said 8610 cfs but it dropped through out the day and we probably got in at around 8600 and out at 8400. If I am not mistaken that is the highest complete descent of gore. (I heard those back in the '80s swam and walked a few...)
I flew my little cessna up to gore canyon on Saturday to get a bird's eye view scout of the canyon but was turned away by a hefty thunder storm directly over the canyon.
On Sunday we began the flat water paddle, immediately left a sunny put-in, and paddled into marble-sized hail mixed with rain and lightning. Not sure if the river gods were trying to tell us to turn back there... Anyway right as we got through to the mouth of the canyon the sky cleared and the sun came out for the rest of the day.
Paddling through that canyon at that level was amazing! Every rapid (and in between rapids) was huge with at LEAST one big hole that you had to avoid, boof, or punch. We all made it safely through without any swims, until toilet bowl. Dodge got rocked by one of the many massive, crashing curler waves and then was shutdown on several roll attempts due to the following curlers/holes. Once I saw him get safely in the eddy on brian's boat i grabbed his paddle and got it to shore. The boat (which held the video camera) floated away downstream. At that point we decided that we would make the post "Gore Video to come with the recovery of the camera". Fortunately, after kirshbaums, we saw a bright green color coming from a large log jam on the right side. Camera and boat were recovered! Everyone was fine, no gear was lost, and the booty filled with wine appeased the river gods. Great day on the river!
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure." ---Helen Keller