Run Granite through Pine Creek, then try Black Rocks and the Narrows through Rigor on the Clear Creek below 800, then you will have a taste for what Gore is like. The swims on Clear Creek may be more serious than Gore, because Gore has some flat water and the rocks are a bit less razor-like, but the falls in Gore are certainly more powerful than anything you will encounter on that stretch of Clear. This is the method we employed, and I think we were not only prepared for Gore, but are now excited and addicted to it. Next time we will definitely not chicken out through Tunnel. We did a ghost run through there and the boat came through unscathed, so Tunnels falls here we come. The nice thing about Gore is that you can (and should) scout everything that looks significant, because it is. Much of the class IV "boogie water" goes unrated and unnamed because of the truly significant drops therein. Nearly all but Toilet Bowl can be scouted and portaged with relative ease along the railroad tracks, although that's not technically legal. Portage Tunnel on the left bank. Good luck and be safe; it's an awesome run! Also, swims in Gore, with the exception of a swim in Gore Rapid and Kirschbaum, do not compare to the danger of Clear.
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