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Old 06-28-2011   #1
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Gore Circa 10,000

So who has done Gore around this level? What goes and what doesn't? There is a crew of us who are going to try to get up there this Sunday and boat it. Anyone got beta?

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Old 06-28-2011   #2
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did it at 8300, be very careful about trying to bomb into stuff. It is one huge flush at these levels and you need to scout out ahead, eddies disappear and ferries become challenging. That being said it hasn't been this high in 20+ years so go find out and let us know, just be aware of what a mistake would mean in there.

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Old 06-29-2011   #3
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Watch out for poop floating around in your least that's how a run for me would go.
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Old 06-29-2011   #4
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Be careful.

Have heard of one group in there at 9+, word is they portaged almost everything.
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Old 06-29-2011   #5
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Wavesport team.

I went to Cross Mountain Gorge earlier this season with Chan founder of Wavesport. I spent a lot of the drive talking with him about his high water 7,000-10,000cfs descents of Gore back in the day. He talked about Pyrite looking like a terminal death hole. He talked about a worldclass chick he was with that missed the eddy and flushed through Pyrite. She held on through Pyrite, she flushed and ended up pulling her skirt in the next holes below. They all thought she died, until they found her down stream on shore alive without a helmet. He talked about the bus sized rocks along shore coming into play. He said that the currents pushing off the banks were very powerful and pealing in and out was difficult and or impossible at most spots. He said it was amazing to see, and he had no interest in running the meat of the rapids. With lots of scouting and daylight we could sneak/portage all of the dangerous spots. I would love to get in there and see it on Sunday.
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Unless I am mistaken ..Clay Wright ran it a few years back at 10k in his Diesel prototype. All on video. I have no idea where the video is but I am sure a quick google check and you might find it. He said it was one of scariest runs he had ever done. And that says allot coming from Clay. I saw the video, a swim would certainly be costly. A roll looked like a hurculean effort in the video.
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Here's the peaks for Gore, USGS Surface Water for USA: Peak Streamflow it hasn't seen 10k since 84.

Good luck with the run Sunday.
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Old 06-29-2011   #8
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Here's another flood vid link. Ben Stookesberry and Jesse Coombs.
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Old 06-29-2011   #9
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gride you appear to be mistaken.

the flows in the Ben & Jesse video were 3500 - 4500ish (maybe closer to 5k). this year has seen a number of complete descents at those flows, including by mr. Griffith I believe.

to get this thread back on track, only legends have been in there at 10k. i know you whippersnappers are all fired up and spent some good time in there already this year, but treat the canyon with a healthy respect and come back to tell us what you saw (from the bank or the water)....
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ah yes...that'd be what I was think'n about. It ain't 10k but it sure was crank'n

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