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Old 06-09-2010   #1
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Last year I ran Shoshoni at 10,300 and yesterday I ran it again at 13,800 in a 16 foot Aire Cat. These lines are for a Cats only. It is the same line at both levels. Right or right of center throughout the entire run. Pinball (Elton John) looks like you should go left but that will hold you in for the Wall (Pink Floyd) and I think these waves in the Wall will flip. You want to stay away from the meat of the Wall. Please for the sake of your future sperm or eggs, donít go there!!

Going through Pinball on the right has some big "A" holes. You will be okay at least in a Cat. I did hit one wave that swallowed my boat, but we bounce out of it. Some of these holes will swallow cars and trucks.

The wall was fine big Grand Canyon type of waves no biggie if right of center.

The entrance to Tombstone (Rolling Stones) you need to watch out for. There again are some rock that are always exposed at lower levels on river right. But now they create huge holes. I went into one and on top of the rapid I surfed for about 5 seconds. I had no control as my sticks in the water didnít help much as there was so much air in the water from the hydraulics. But with the boat pointed towards Westwater, we floated to the next wave. Tombstone, no biggie just stay right of it however, one could gut it at the 14k level.

Man Eater (Hall and Oats) was really fun. No issues. Go right and that is where most of the rapid is too. It will flush you out between these levels.

Only issues last night were Pinball and the entrance to Tombstone about 200 yards before the actual Tombstone rapid. I hope this helps. I did NOT bring my dog. Too dangerous but I did have my 16 year old son with me. Obviously, there are reasons why I am divorced!

I will say that a Ford type pickup truck did stop on I-70 to watch us. I thought that was more dangerous than what I was doing.

It was fun and it was doable in a 16 foot Cat.

Be Safe and have fun!!

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Old 06-09-2010   #2
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One other note, you cannot scout the rapids. The river is hitting the wall of I-70 and in some parts it appears to be waist high.
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