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Old 07-14-2014   #1
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I'm thinking of running slaughterhouse today for the first time and would like some info on it. Also, how long does it normally take to run?

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Old 07-14-2014   #2
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Here's all you need to know:
It's on the low side right now.
From the putin, you can walk down the bike path a short distance to see entrance exam (the first real rapid).
For slaughterhouse falls, there is a big slate cliff on the left and a large sandbar on the right just above the falls. Scout right. Google "Slaughterhouse Falls" and you'll see some pictures. It's quite recongizable and easy to eddy out and scout at low water. I think the "easy line" is about a paddle length off the left bank, but that may be for medium flows. I've heard of some bad shit in the center/center left of the falls from locals (caves, etc.) Not sure about the truth on that.
Below slaughterhouse there is one more larger rapid (name escapes me). There is a large eddy above and an obvious horizon line, so you'll find it. At low water, I recall that rapid being more pinney than anything.
Otherwise, everything is slow and manageable at low water.

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Old 07-14-2014   #3
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Ran it for the first time last week around 750. If you've done the boulder garden on foxton I'd consider it really similar but with a lot more play. I'd bring a play boat if I did it again. We lapped the falls a few times and thought the best line was about 2' off the river left bank, it's very easy. Enjoy the bike path scenery also
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Old 07-14-2014   #4
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Tons of bolder gardens, one big drop - Slaughterhouse falls. Class IV - about 1.5 hours to cover 4.5 miles.
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Old 07-15-2014   #5
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Perfect, thanks a ton!
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