Originally Posted by bhanvey
Just spoke with the wife, and I have the kitchen pass for Saturday instead of Monday. We can go early and make a full day out of it.
I can't make it guys, but just an fyi...
9/01/09 Wood in lower blue
Hey guys, different mbannister this time, the last posts were my girlfriend Vanessa...
Ran the lower for the first time in a month today and got to see the strainer. My thoughts: The tree is big; 30'-40' long with lots of branches w/ green leaves on top, a surprisingly big trunk for an aspen
(a foot in diameter, it looks fracking heavy) and a big root sticking a couple feet in the air. It's about 50-100 feet below where the wall of "canyon
wall" ends and generally is smack dab in the middle of the current, at about a 45 degree angle to the flow.
Like some of the people said before the line's not hard to make (class 2ish?) and the path around it is not that hard. BUT, the main flow of the current goes right into the tree after the hardest and longest rapid of the run. If you're a solid class 3 (or 2+) boater you should be fine but I would be pretty nervous bringing a weak 1st or 2nd or 3rd timer down there. As long as you don't swim
in the rapid above it you're cool but if you do swim a lot of the current heads right into a big ass tree with branches. I guess my opinion isto take a look before you take your newbie friend down there.
If anyone has a static rope and some extra pulleys or a come-along or chainsaw I'ld be interested in going down and trying to drag it out. This thing looks like it'll be there for quite a while.