Hey guys...been a while. Spent the last year playing Army in Afghanistan and the last couple of months getting ready to retire from the Army...can't figure out what I'm going to do now that I have to grow up though...
AW is looking into this years access issues. Please email Nathan at email@example.com
with specific incidents you may have had. Nathan is AW's Colorado River Stewardship Director (AW has fulltime paid staff that resides in CO now!)
Gary E's advice is right on. The link below provides advice on how to paddle through SP http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2835
(Gary haven't gotten your email, but haven't checked all my addresses...send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember SP monitors buzz...fair warned is fair armed.
As for the debate on the quality of paddling Cheesman. My view may not be the norm...I was lucky enough to paddle it 15 times in 2001. Most of the time doing the "portage" around SP. Levels from 230 to 400 cfs and all drops go at those levels. (I want to say one run was around 180 but not positive on that.) 300cfs is ideal for a first run.
If you really want the Cheesman challenge run/jog the entire 19-mile shuttle do the portage around SP and paddle every drop..."The 26-mile Cheesman marathon."
As for a being a Classic...you have got to be trolling if you don't find this pegging all measures of Classic...