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Old 07-05-2011   #1
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Northgate Canyon at 4200?

Has anybody been in Northgate Canyon around this level? Headed that direction this weekend and thought I'd check it out. Any Beta would be appreciated.

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Old 07-05-2011   #2
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Ran it at 4,000 last week and again at 5,000 Saturday. Lots of big fun. The five named rapids are huge. Already plenty of posts about it from last year and earlier this year but glad to answer any questions you have.

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Old 07-05-2011   #3
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Is the line at narrow falls just to the left of the Rock (Huge Hole at this level), then pull away from the wall?

Is the hole in tootsie easy to avoid if you stay right?

Its been several years, so just trying to refresh.

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Old 07-05-2011   #4
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There is a big lateral hole at the top of Windy Gap that loves to flip boats (it has plenty of times this year from 3,000 cfs and up). Punch it bow right and enjoy...

Cow Pie has a few boat munchers spread through out, keep your eyes peeled.

The line in Narrow is same as it ever was. Yes, there is a huge ledge hole where the rock normally sits. There is also a large hole at the entrance but it is a fun hit. I normally punch it from right to left and get into the wave train and start rolling towards the wall, others take a piece of it on the left side to get into the wave train. Some days you can cruise right by the wall all forward and others you have to back away. Blast the huge holes at the bottom for some more fun, haven't flipped or had swimmers in those yet but it could happen. There are also some sneaky lateral waves rolling through the rapid. Narrow Falls is fantastic at this super high level, there is so much going on!

There are three danger holes in Tootsie Roll The first is on the right which is easy to avoid and then two more center left. Those BOTH want to pull you in. The second left hole is at the bottom of a wave train that looks inviting but don't be fooled, it is a no go zone!

Stove Pipe is a wave train thrill ride. Get into the biggest waves you can find at the top and rip through... there are two holes at the bottom that get munchy. Run left and the waves continue.

Love this river at mega flows. It is NOT to be taken lightly, every rapid arguably becomes class 4 and every rapid has serious carnage potential. There are great you tube videos from this year and last year done by some Steamboat folk...
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You tube "Sometimes rafts flip"
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