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Old 06-17-2007   #1
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Pumphouse at 3000 cfs?

What's it like at high water? Big, fun read and run or washed out? How's Yarmony rapid?

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Old 06-17-2007   #2
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II+ a few fun wave trains, maybe a few play spots. Still tons of flat water, but not as slow as at lower water.

I don't think it ever gets "big" because there isn't the gradiant. Yarmony is II+ to III-, watch the pourover river right, otherwise, pretty much just like normal.

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Old 06-17-2007   #3
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i plan on running that strech to state bridge on saturday. ( i'll camp friday night.) 6-22-07 to 6-24-07 if you want to run it .
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Old 06-18-2007   #4
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I first ran it in '83 at 9000. Eye of the Needle was "gone" - some waves but basically it was filled in with no holes. Between 6000 - 8000 it flipped many rafts. It still was my only flip and my wife did one also guiding a trip. The Yarmony hole was huge at these levels and I watched several 18 footers get buried w/ predictable amounts of passenger debris in the river. The move left was certainly doable but the water was pushy and lots of folks of Class III ability flipped. I'll bet more rafts flipped on Pumphouse in '83 at these flows than ever did on Brown's.

Can't say about 3K but I doubt that its more than III-. I'll find out though as we put on tomorrow. At medium - high flows Rodeo has an easy sneak on the left.
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Old 06-18-2007   #5
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was there yesterday at 2800 or so, no sweat, yarmony is just big waves solid class III but still very easy, be more aware of headwinds, took us almost 6 hours to go 11 miles yesterday
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Old 06-18-2007   #6
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What's it like at high water? Big, fun read and run or washed out? How's Yarmony rapid?

i'm currently in search of a fishing raft. once i get one nailed down, we should get a group together and do an overnight fishing trip somewhere in this vicinity....


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