My buddy & I were talking about the Yampa high water last weekend. We've been on Yampa at various water levels over the years, from 10,000 to 30,000.
First, at all levels, the right eddy above the rapid is not hard to catch and will have plenty of room for boat parking to go scout.
At flows in the mid-teens like it is going to be soon, the right lateral at the top of Warm Springs is not real hard to bust through to get over to the right of the wave train. Because of the exposed rocks over there on the right side there is not a whole lot of room there so you have to be careful with your ferry angle and the point on the lateral at which you break across. But, it's not real hard to do that.
Two years ago we were there in the mid-teens. My friend was with his son and asked me what run I would do: Down the middle or to the right. I told him that because my wife was with me I'll be going to the right. If your son was with me I would take it down the middle and move over at the bottom to miss the hole. He did that and had a fine, fun run. I had no trouble getting right and then got a nice smile from my wife.
As for Warm Springs at 25-30,000, we remember there being a lot of room to get to the right, the lateral again not being real hard to bust through with proper set up. There will be real fast water down the main tongue and big waves feeding straight into a big hole. But, if you want to get to the right it isn't particularly hard to do because with the higher water level there will be more room on the right to do so and the lateral doesn't grow all that much in size. It's your decision to run the tongue and wave train into the hole or to go over to the right.
Warm Springs, in my opinion, having run it many times at various levels, is not a hard rapid to have a safe run through, and also a hell of a rapid to have an exciting run through, if you want to ride the wave train to the hole at the bottom.
I don't mean to say that Warm Springs is not a rapid to be concerned about. Of course it is. If you miss breaking across the lateral you'll be in a fast wave train heading for a potentially big hole. But, I don't think anybody who is reasonably competent at running a boat needs to lose sleep over it.
We'll be there in a little while. We're looking forward to Yampa not only for the opportunity to run it at high flow, but especially because it's always a beautiful place to be, at whatever water level we have.
Hope that helps a little for you and anyone who might be nervous about high water Yampa.
Originally Posted by jzim
I am hoping for a cancellation so those that are lucky enough to get on be sure to leave some lip skin on the Tiger Wall... Anyway, I am curious about the eddy for Warmsprings. Like is it easy to catch, is there room for numerous boats, is it a struggle to bust the fence and get current to bust the laterals? I am curious about 15,000 cfs and up. I think quite a few others are too.