Gore Race info
As far as the BLM put-in road closure:
The river is still "open" for private paddlers. Due to the limited space at the put-in, the BLM is not allowing any private vehicles into the put in road/parking area prior to the race start. This will hopefully alleviate congestion at the put in parking area, and allow ample room for the shuttle buses to turn around and racers to stage.
There will be several free shuttle buses compliments of Timberline Tours, Liquid Descents and AVA running from the launch 3 area at Pumphouse up to the put in beginning at 9 AM on Saturday morning. These shuttles are accessible to the paddling public as well as racers and safety crew. In other words, you can't drive in and park at the put-in. But, we're gonna run a free shuttle for you from Pumphouse. Your vehicle and all your dry gear will be at the takeout! Throw your boat on the trailer, load onto the bus in all your paddling attire, and you're good to go!
A very important note in regards to trespassing: No one is allowed on the railroad tracks during race day or any other day!!! BLM will be at the put in monitoring to make sure that there are no spectators with the intent of getting a raft ride in through the flat water and then hiking down the tracks. It is also illegal to cross the river at Pumphouse and hike through private property and then upstream on the railroad tracks. There will be personnel in the canyon to make sure that this rule is followed. Unless there is an emergency, there is absolutely no reason to be on railroad property. Railroad property is the tracks and the surrounding grade that is level with the tracks. All scouting/portaging/filming/etc. is to be done at river level and preferably on river left (to avoid any confusion). I have been running Gore on a fairly regular basis since 1993 and do not find this request to be unreasonable. It is actually extremely easy and in most ways, better to do all scouting/portaging at river level in Gore Canyon. Anyone caught trespassing on railroad property will be risking fines, and could not only jeapordize the future of this event, but threaten river runners access to the canyon entirely. Stay off of railroad property!!! It's a simple and reasonable request. Please show us all some respect and honor that request. Also, never walk across the Youst Ranch property on river left in the flat water. That is a major trespass issue as well. Stay on the water in the paddle in. If you can't handle a 45 min flatwater paddle, you probably shouldn't be paddling Gore Canyon.
Thanks and see you up there tonight.