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Old 04-21-2004   #11
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The Source is not an Intro to Creeking creek

Let's not lose sight of the topic here- there are pin spots, micro-eddies, and some wood in this drainage, not to mention cold water that can rise relatively quickly. The creek is, for all practical purposes, 1 boat wide & consistent in gradient so running against the back of one of your team is likely if they get pinned. Not a easy place to evac an injured person either. Go with a guide after you feel very comfortable on other small-volume streams - Bear Creek might be a good test. Important to note 400 cfs may be the gauge reading, but the flow at the takeout would be significantly lower.....

It may not be "manky" as compared to some other runs around the state but it ain't that clean, either.

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Old 04-21-2004   #12
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Willow and Lower Fish would be good NW intro creeks too.

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Ask ebaker how good a warm up creek lower fish is at 3.3.
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Old 04-22-2004   #14
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I would only know that level - 3.3' - from standing on the bank thinking "Holy shit!" and pooping in my pants. The highest I've run it was like 2.7' or 2.8'. It was a blast.

I guess I should have said that Lower Fish at 2.2' os so would be a good intro.
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Send a message via MSN to hobie
Daisey seems pretty chill.

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Old 04-22-2004   #16
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sorry ebaker, I thought you were my buddy nick that ran fish with me last year when it was cranking
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Old 04-22-2004   #17
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Yeah, it was krankin' for sure. You've got to be talking about Hinds, I ran it with thim once on it's way up and saw he and Eric come down from the Upper when it was pretty high - Nick's first time down I think he said. They were lovin' it.

Chorter - You've run some of the creeks north of here, got any beta?
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Old 04-23-2004   #18
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The best creek of the bunch is Soda Creek, it's fish creek on crack. We chainsawed all the log jams out except for two monster jams about four years ago. Who knows what It'd look like now but It would definitly be worth having a look. Mad Creek has two high quality drops when it's going good and is well worth the hike. The upper little snake is also a good wilderness run but when we did it it had wood in some nasty spots.

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