Originally Posted by dvsbenz
I'm looking to see if any of guys going up to Bailey's this weekend would be cool with taking me along and showing me the lines. My two main boating partners are out with a knee injury and down in Durango for a month. I'm a solid Class IV boater and I'd be walking four falls.
I can't show you down and chances are, anyone that will already knows what to do to make your first descent pleasant and safe as possible. But...
Make sure your group is willing to scout a few extra things, if they haven't run it since the last major rainstorm. Some of the rapids looked sketchier than usual.
Stay between the rocks, right down the center below four falls. My friend tried to eddy out last-second above it and ended up getting pinned as he was thrown right.
You'll want to scout/skip Supermax for sure. Last I checked, there was a Tonka truck marking it on the left. It is a crazy-stout rapid by the looks of it (I've never run it) and definitely requires avoidance or at least good safety, in my book.
A bad line through first falls is the really deadly thing to avoid; but the other 3 falls are worth looking at; avoid the big tree trunk river left.
There's a nice F.U. Rock in the center, that can cause a complacent-pin if you're not careful and a hoard of dead trees in a class 2 section after Deer Creek Rapid ( go river left, but worth looking at before you round the bend). The rock-slide line/sneak on Deer Creek rapid is a lot of fun. I had my worst line through it just last weekend, but since my boat was pointed generally where it need to be, even with a week stroke behind it, I was fine.
Have fun and be safe.