Royal Gorge question.
My friend and I ran the Gorge late Sunday afternoon; level was 330.
First, it is very boney but certainly runnable. I am glad we did it. Those drops near the end of the Gorge near some big pipe over the river were pretty bumpy.
Second, those of you in charge need to snip a few miles off the end. The end is always interesting because of the sense of paddling from the montains out onto the great plains but I could enjoy that for about a quarter mile rather than the current 5,000 miles which it seems to be.
Third, someone said here recently that they never had a bad day in the Gorge and I can understand that. Even at this level it was stunning and fun paddling.
My question is about Sunshine. Having only run the Gorge twice before, once at about 750 and once about 1,000, both several years ago, I had the sense that the rapid was easier at those slightly higher levels. Do you agree?
I ran it on the right side of the crux drop, having eddied out on the right above it. My friend ran the far left side of the hole. Both seemed to work fine. In the middle the hole looked to have a boil pretty far downstream but maybe not much holding power at this level.
The next rapid (Sledgehammer?) was certainly creeky at 330.
Anyway, ya'll got a real nice river there. Get that last part fixed up for me will ya. Chris Kelly