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Old 06-26-2005   #1
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Wood Hazard: Big South

The first ledge in Prime Time Gorge is obstructed by a huge death log. You can run the boulder garden lead-in the whole way to the gorge entrance where you'll need to eddy on the right. You can reach the BS trail w/i a hundred yards uphill hike, & then you'll want to carry downstream to put in just below the log. The rest of the gorge is clean & very fun.

<<<Do not make the mistake of boating too far into Prime Time!>>>

The wood that was sneak-able below Double Trouble last year has relocated downstream & is a mandatory portage (on either river-right or left) now. Be careful -- the eddies are tiny (at 3.25 feet on the gauge).

Immediately downstream of Slideways there was a huge river-wide log that could be paddled over on the far left. As the level drops, this might cease to be the case. For now, stay left after slideways until you've passed over the log.

Tubular Balls is a bit of a mess, but doable. Just know that there is a huge hole in front of the bottom drop that you want to hit on the right side ... that the bottom drop wants very badly to put you into the cave bottom left (at high water), so be aggressively moving right ... & that the exit to the room is totally blocked by wood. You can semi-eddy out in front of the wood & clamber up on river right to get around the logs. Definitely plan to look at this one before dropping into it.

Below TB, wood is def an issue. Take it slow & catch every eddy, or just get out at TB.

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Old 06-27-2005   #2
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Get in there while you can! This level (3.25) is excellent all around boating. The big drops become huge but the inbetween drops become awesome. The upper section is definitley cleaner at this flow. Cool World and Meltdown are large and super pushy but all the others are great/better at this flow. Set safety at Fantasy Flight as the hole is pretty sticky.

Prime Time is SWEET but definitely be heads up going into it and do not boat to far as there is the death log that Todd mentioned blocking the entire first ledge that drops you into Prime Time proper. Double Trouble is huge and so is Slideways. If you do boat past Tubular balls down to the lead into the Rush much of the wood has moved around. There are two river wide logs that must be portaged. One is very near the top of where it starts to pick up again after what at low water is a delicate bumpy s-move around two nearly river wide logs. Below that, just above the giant wood sieve/strainer above where the Rush proper starts, where there used to be a nearly river wide log that could be snuck on the left under a smaller log, you muist portage as well because there is a new log lower blocking the left channel. UG. The rush looked big and scary at this flow and has numerous bad consequences.


P.S. Yo J.J., Forest, Barret, Fred or anyone else in your group, did anybody step up and run any of the big 3/4 yesterday? How'd you like dat shit bros? Good eh!

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Our run was good/very fun. Typicaly Big South Run, long, rain showers, sunshine, cold and mentally/physically taxing. Alot of in and out of the boats. Thanks to the previous crew for the beta, made our day much easier. *** Prime Time Death Log could easily be floated into by accident. Know how to identify that upcoming 'gorge'.

The only difference from Saturday to Sunday, is the log below slideways. We had to remove a pinned boat from that log and in doing so, moved the log. It is in the same place, however it is below the surface now and has a much more downstream angle. Much easier to get around on the left side.
As the water goes down, be very careful approaching this location, downstream of slideways (1 or 2 turns)

Of the big 4(at this level Slideways is f*#%ing huge) Forest ran Meltdown on line.
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Old 06-27-2005   #4
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So .... did the pinned boat situation result from a failed Double Trouble attempt? I hope no one was wrapped on that log for any amount of time! For that matter, I hope no one was in the DT hole at all .. What happened at Slideways? Heard some bits .. need info .. give it up ..

big south season! git sum, vatos!
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shit. nevermind jj i misread your post. no DoubleTrouble involved.
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