Poudre Trip report
Ran upper and lower mish, and bridges today at 5.2'-What a blast! For those of you on the fence at these levels, it isn't as bad as you think. I would be lying if I said I wasn't apprehensive at the put-in, but as soon as I got the feel of the flow, game was on. All the normal stuff is washed out while other crap developed. Three ways on Up Mish is now 'One Way'. Sneak right to avoid huge hole. Tunnel is screaming with only one hole to avoid-just take her down the middle. Boogie time and a few haystacks lead to Mish Falls. Same line as usual-enter right then left to avoid HUGE hole. Drive it down the middle rest of way as it is washed.
Lower Mish was surprisingly cool as it had more haystacks. Sarah's Hole Rapid had ginormous haystacks(talking six flags here). Devils Staircase goes any line and then wave trains and stacks to the takeout rapid by bathroom-drive her down the middle and bust through.
Swear to God Bridges took me all of 11 minutes through trains, haystacks, boils and holes. Not much to concern yourself with as it's all washed out. The bridge pylons are fine and take the meat and bust through Red House Rapid. I forget which haystack it was but I was launched AIRBORNE off the lip of one and came crashing down with a thud in the next trough. 1st time ever this old boy has had his 42 lb Hoss airlifted other than a boof. I've only been here eight years and don't ever remember this flow(4.5' was previous highest run). Friends, this is historical and might not happen for another decade so do whatever you have to do get on the Poudre. Rich