Originally Posted by pitty
Trip report when yall come back please. I want to get in there.
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Went in yesterday at ~950 cfs. Trail down was muddy ~75% of the way. No snow.
No new wood in the rio since July of '14.
One riverwide log *right* at the confluence of Ruby and Anthracite. Same one as in '14. Not passable in the water. Easy to see, easy to portage on river right.
Handful of random pieces of wood in the rio in places where you're not likely to be out of your boat, but which would be bad if you were.
Ruby had ~2/3 of the water from the gauge reading. Pumping, juicy. Ruby felt like solid class IV to me, with a few moves approaching IV+. Not many eddies, and the ones that existed were small. We were always able to find one when needed, but they were never taken for granted.
Once below the confluence there was only one blind corner that needed scouting.
One sweeper just below the footbridge near the takeout. Able to be ducked under easily right now, but with higher water or when it sags it will be in play.
Anthracite felt like fun III to III+, big wave trains, fun low-consequence read and run.
We started hiking at ~10:10 and were out of the water at ~3ish. Leisurely pace both when hiking and with scouting blind stuff, but when you're on the water you're hauling ass.
Don't hesitate with questions.