Originally Posted by cadster
The First Box at 1200 CFS is harder than the Numbers at 2000 and the water is colder, too.
I agree and would contend that paddle boat guiding the first box at 3000cfs blind (except for scouting eye of the needle) is harder than the royal gorge at 5,200cfs.
To all who PM me about joining the crew my apologies for no follow up. I was unable to get back on the buzz after I made the post because I got pulled into work. Then it was pack the truck and head to the river.
As of yesterday April 17, 2010 the entire run was free of any river wide strainers. However, their is still lots of wood (both surface and subsurface) down there; always be looking for it. Especially on the left side of the river after eye of the needle. While it might not look like it while scouting the current tends to push boats left to where that wood must be avoided. If you portage the first part of the drop this should not be an issue.
Are run went well one the whole from start to finnish. Just a few swimmers heir and there but even at the high flow we were able to clean things up fairly safe manner. We ended up with six in the paddle boat and four in kayaks. A fairly good number for the dynamic we had.