Originally Posted by jonny water
1st gorge lime, huh. I have only run the 3rd gorge but would love to run the 1st...gives me a little hope. I thought there was a hole at the entrance to adrenaline.
Yeah, the alternate name isn't "50/50 falls" for nothing. You definitely have a good chance of swimming there. I've run it backwards, upside down, and corkscrewing down the flume. But it's an inescapable pool at the bottom, and with safety at the top (to guard against pinning in the right side) and a rope at the bottom, it's relatively
safe for as big a drop as it is. From a swimmer's perspective, it's a whole lot safer than, say, the Upper Taos Box.
As for escapability - there are a ton of ways to get in/out of Lime. If you've hiked around there, you'd know you can get to river level at almost any rapid of significance (above or below) without anything more than a 50' throw rope.