Waterton TR 1/27
My crew of four had a fun day in Waterton today, as did at least one other crew of four.
The upper canyon is nearly ice-free. The warm-up rapids are good-to-go, and there was some genuinely decent surf.
That first long, significant rapid with the house rock on the bottom-left is good clean fun.
Green Bridge, however, was a death trap. Totally iced-over/sieved-out and unrunnable, and it's very tough to get out of your boat right above it. Ice shelves along the banks and ice over the eddies.
Fortunately we pre-scouted the whole thing before getting in our boats.
We picked a spot a couple hundred yards above Green Bridge and used an ax to chop the ice shelf away from the bank. Marked the spot with a cairn.
The next rapid below green bridge - the one with the little sieve in the left-center, was sketchy with ice but doable. All the bottom steep rapids were good to go; problem was, it would be difficult and sketchy to get out of your boat down at the res. Giant ice banks that are starting to fracture. I heard somebody paddled to the bottom and then chopped steps into the ice with his paddle to get out, but because it looks like giant blocks of that ice are ready to break off and tumble down, that looked like a bad idea to us. So we just did laps on the upper stuff and surfed. It was a fun day, and worth it for folks who are jonesing and don't have to drive too far to get there. Just be really careful above Green Bridge.