No takers for Gore today, which is alright; Waterlevel is coming down. The left shoulder feeling less than excellent after the last westy trip, so some rehab on that side of this aging body will do nicely today. Shoshone and Barrel this weekend regardless, so we'll see anyone there who can make it past the construction in the canyon. Heard it's a big hassle... Likewise Barrel/Shoshone is down to 4K which is a fun level.
You're right, cross is sick that high. So sick that I threw up before the run and Mark did afterwards, that highwater weekend was surely the most intense yet for my person. This vid is of Darren and I on the last run the last day of that weekend:
Quick shots of mammoth, snakepit and the ferry from the RL side; The sun comes in and it's a little washed out but you can see that snakepit is almost gone, or just a big boil. This was the second day of running it that big so I asked that we portage mammoth and make it just a fun run... and it was.
We usually try to get onto the snakehead and slide off it to the right or pass it on RR altogether. Either result is having to do the ferry but we usually stay right for the holes that are RM to RR thereafter. I sadly don't know their names past death ferry down to sherm's. What is daddy? (Will get that handydandy little rivermap with the names...) Just converted a bunch of 6-8K cross footage that I need to take some smaller vids out of which show each of the rapids... will dig for that footage.
Would be great if Barrel ran juuust a little bigger this weekend but looks like it's going down to 4 and it's all we're going to get. Since Shane (Darren's brother) has his kids this weekend and he lives in New Castle is a big part of why Shoshone and not Gore. Plus, we ordered the fight on sat night, so we'll cruise over there...
And yes you're right as far as 'only' ones.. whoa, I was definitely reaching for it there! We've been going to those places a lot, however, and trying out as many of the lines as possible. Obviously not there all the time to see who else goes (didn't think of that after sniffing glue all day
Would love to see you there this weekend and/or at cross too. Reasonable level at cross for being strapped in is 3K-7K; it gets harder at 8-11 and seems to flush out a little after that but gains mega-speed and leaves little time to react.
Deepsouth/HateIt- Undoubtably, the lines run are completely different when strapped down; suddenly every hole gets hit, every doable pourover run.. that is for sure. As you note it takes little/no skill to get strapped in and navigate into a hole. Once you're there though, it is a lot of fun if you know how to surf them, i.e. go from 'getting surfed' to controlling the action and surfing. So the only time I feel badass (while strapped down) is when there is a clean run though holes and around the rocks. When not strapped down a clean run is around the holes and the rocks.
Drinking while doing insane or big water things - hell no! You're right about that sh*t, bad idea! I usually get scared and nervous (like being on stage or in a play) on bigger runs and stomach doesn't do well. Case in point, last time before cross, I threw up. Beer has no purpose in that event and neither a chance of staying in...
Cooler of beer actually is a two-fold phenomenon: It was fully loaded and acts as a counterweight while strapped to the floor; the reward really is in Kirschbaum, where it's finally over. Then can the relaxation and celebration finally begin..
On being the Turd in Toilet Bowl: YESSS, called out! Have gotten surfed against my will in Toilet three times since '01. With many runs that is probably not a terrible ratio. As for that last run, made a bad call which created a Turd. Decided to go facing forward to run it with finesse on the far left, just off that little marker rock. Should have spun around and hucked it backwards instead with the power stroke. Being fatigued towards the end of the run, it was a bad call to make. Dropped into it to stroke forward and the left ore popped off. By the time it's back on I'm in the horseshoe. While making the move back into the middle to get out, others start coming into the Toilet. Then we have two in there, meanwhile I'm being stubborn and not wanting the throwbag figuring I'll get out eventually, but call for it anyway after some time. It's waay less than badass. Maybe the id should be RaftsLikeTurds, Turd3Minus?
Heard of the people getting killed on the river past couple days. Condolences to family and friends; Hats off to all involved in the rescue and let's keep it safe. Much river love.