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Old 03-26-2010   #11
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Skull is very easy to scout at low water if you even need to. you would really be a weenie arm if you can't get over to the right side at lower flows below 5,000. At higher flows it is a little harder to get over to the right side where you need to be to break the lateral wave.

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Old 03-26-2010   #12
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Alex, you running your new raft? If so, I bet you're excited.

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Old 03-26-2010   #13
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I sure am! Will post some pics after
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Old 03-26-2010   #14
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So at what water level does Skull Rock begin to become exposed.
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Old 03-26-2010   #15
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We just did WW last weekend and the weekend before. First weekend razor rock was barely sticking out, but you could see it easily to avoid it. Second weekend (last weekend) you could see a LOT of razor rock. We ran left the entire way both weekends in our 16' cat with no problems. I would not hit the hole, as it was clearly a pour-over. We did have 2 14' rafts run right of the hole, but it was a VERY tight squeeze and neither were intentionally running that line. Sock-It-To-Me was actually the rapid to be on your game for, in my opinion. Surprisingly big waves at lower flows and you have to really work to avoid the Magnetic Wall.
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summitraftgirl, that is what I remember from my 2,900cfs flow. SITM was the biggest problem, that was the closest I came to flipping my raft, that right lateral wave is nasty. Thanks for clarification on the Skull.
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Old 03-26-2010   #17
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Skull is the most feared and talked about class III rapid in the entire world. Start right move left. Not sure why it is so scary to people, SITM has been the bigger hit on every Westwater trip I have ever been on. Why is it that people fear Skull more than SITM?
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I agree that skull is easy, but come on it looks way more intimidating than anything else in the Canyon. The Room of Doom? Rock of shock? Way scarier than the magnetic rock below SITM.

Skull flips may more boats than sitm, according to rangers.

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Old 03-29-2010   #20
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Just got off a 2500 cfs run of Westy.

Skull Rapid - At this level, you can see Razor Rock from above in a raft. Apparently, you cannot see it from a kayak. The move is the same as at higher water. The smoothest line was to pull a little harder left and get LEFT of Razor Rock (the space between RR and Skull was a bit tight). The water is moving much slower and there is plenty of time to do this. We did have two rafts bump RR, but they all made it around the left side. No consequences to the Room at this level. We pulled in there to watch the rest of the group come through. It was nice to see a different perspective.

Couple other notes:
The hole below Surprise, but above Skull 'surprised' a few.
Bowling Alley was a nice little hit.
SITM wasn't bad, just a little steeper on the right, I went a little left. Definitely not the same punch as in the low 4k area. It is different every time.
Last Chance was actually a note worthy rapid. Left was a decent hit, right side still goes.

Agreed about the hype on Skull... you are pulling around a hole, just timing. SITM is a bigger hit.

Tons of snow down there. Seven or eight feet high in places. Still a wall on RR at SITM. Been down there earlier in previous years and have never seen it with that much.

We camped at LLD and the tammies are gone. So much nicer!


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