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Old 06-16-2010   #1
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North Fork Payette at 8000cfs pics..

A group of 7 extreme kayakers did a top to bottom on the North Fork at 8000cfs last week. I followed them all the way top to bottom, with a portage at the monster that is Jacobs Ladder at 8000cfs.
The North Fork is a challenging river at normal summer flows of 1800cfs, at 8000cfs is is a grinding 15 mile long monster.
Here is the gallery link:
North Fork of the Payette, Top to Bottom at 8000 CFS. Extreme Whitewater Kayaking Free Gallery - All Outdoor Photography, Boise Wedding and Outdoor Portrait Photographer

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Old 06-16-2010   #2
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Thanks for sharing the pic's, and huge props to all those that are firing up the NF at these historic levels! Definitely the next level of possibility and awe inspiring!
Any pics from golf course, jaws, etc?

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Old 06-16-2010   #3
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There are couple pics in there of Jakes with the guys portaging out at the top of the shot.
I am really glad nobody decided to run it, anybody would be taking their life in their hands to do it.
Tristan McClaren did successfully run it at 8000 a couple days earlier but I was not there.
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Old 06-16-2010   #4
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are you sure? this looks like justin on the filter plant run last sunday.

nice photos!!!
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Yeah Tristan! Wicked pictures at those flows... props to the paddlers.
The river is a paradise of liquid, caressing the earth, and creating a playground of magic and fluid adventure!
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Yeah, things have been pretty splashy on the Upper Upper Main Payette.

There's a zoomed out shot of Tristan in Golfcourse in that link. What you can't see is the giant river-wide breaking feature at the end of the rapid; I had doubts about punching it if I was fresh and at the top of a rapid. The boys running Jake's were punching it after running about a mile of what I would call "quality class VI."
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Jake's at 8,000? Sounds a little loose...
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Y'ow! NFP at 1800 is big and one of the very best runs anywhere. 8000 looks awesome. I look forward to seeing go-pro footy of it. Huge props to the crew.

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How long did the runs take? Half an hour? Again, wow.
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