Originally Posted by Waterwindpowderrock
I highly doubt that you'll ever see 1500 on race day, a couple factors as to why:
#1. commercial trips cut off at 1300-1350, the blm definitely takes this into account (did you notice the new boat slide thingy this year?)
#2. every gumby that MIGHT be able to handle gore comes in there that weekend, at 1500, they'd nearly all walk out of the canyon without their boats & the emergency crews would be overwhelmed.
There are maybe 100 people that would like to see it at that level, but I think as for the general health of the event that lower flows are better. (I'm a tad biased, I don't make much money if the rafts stop running it!)
No offense to the people trying it for the first time, that's the day I'd choose as well!
for all people in there for the 1st time...
STAY THE F*** OFF THE TRACKS!!
that might explain why it gets a little lonely in there at those levels- having run it at 1000-1300 before the past few years, I never would have guessed that it would get that much tougher at 1500-1700- that is until I ran it at those levels- I agree with the safety aspect- for rafts- but then again, I don't kayak- and the Hilleke crowd seemed to handle it OK at those levels