Originally Posted by deepsouthpaddler
Awesome pic of double trouble raftus!
I'd like to hear a more detailed trip report of your run down the big south. What did you guys run, what did you walk? Lots of tight slots that seem like it would be tough to get a raft down (fantasy flight, boucing betty, bar room brawl). The wood placements would seem to be tough for a raft too. Thats an action packed day of rafting! Top notch rafting accomplishment!
Let us know how your bailey run goes.
Thanks for the props. Here is the synopsis:
Weird creek went smoothly. We ran far right at Started Fluid, but that was a missed line and Keith swam there. Several of the next rapids were portages because the raft wouldn't fit (Taco Bob's, Fantasy Flight). We portaged the top of Cool World, but a raft line might be plausible. We ran the lower half of it. With the exception of Cool World we ran everything the raft would fit through. Prime Time gorge was awesome. I took a swim at the bottom of a rapid after we hit a rock that was hidden below a horizon line. Calm pool there so an easy swim. Double Trouble was the highlight, and we had a clean line. That was the biggest drop of my rafting career so far.
Smooth rafting to Slideways, but we got pushed left coming off of a dome shaped hydraulic just above the 7 foot water fall. We went into the left slot and flipped. Keith and the raft got on the rocks river center literally a few feet downstream. I swam a ways further but grabbed a rock just above the series of big holes. We re-launched in the eddy below the 7 footer and cleaned the rest of the rapid. Below that was a lot of wood induced stress, the raft nearly wrapped while being lined under one of the river wide logs. The hike out with the raft was greatly assisted by the South Carolina crew. Also a thanks to all the kayakers who set safety, gave us beta and encouragement. We want to get back and try to nail the lines we missed. Mostly we are grateful for having a great, and injury free, day in such a beautiful wilderness and on such a high caliber river.