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Old 03-20-2009   #11
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Probably a good idea to not paddle with shredders...those guys never know what they are doing and run into kayaks all the time How has the snow been on berthod??

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Old 03-20-2009   #12
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According to the book or something to the effect, " the first six miles might kinda suck and you'll probably cuss the authors continually". Yeah, its true. If you're standing at the put-in and not saying to yourself" You've gotta be kidding, there's not enough water to float a foamy" you might be lucky enough to not have to carry, hand crawl and walk the first six miles. It took us 8 hrs to do the first 6 miles and 2.5 to do the last 9 miles. You better hope Deep Creek is holding the majority of the flow or you'll need to prepare for an overnightner. I'd do it again if the N.Fork above Deep Creek over 100+ cfs. We did it at 60 to 70 and it was a grind. We were fortunate that Deep Creek was coming up. Flat bottom playboats would be ideal for the grind but not for carrying gear or comfort. It was a long day. A duckie, not a bad idea, a shrredder, that might hurt.

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Old 03-20-2009   #13
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Do the NPS people at the visitors center keep track of whether or not there are log jams or anything on the river? Or do you try and find people who have done it recently to ask? Maybe the narrows rarely gets log jams?

It sounds like a ridiculously amazing experience, but I feel like if you came up on a big pile of wood, depending on how much it was slowing down the water you'd be pretty boned. I've always wanted to do it, just curious as to how or if you guys have checked for that sort of thihng.
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Old 03-20-2009   #14
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There can certainly be logs. we had one or two log portages.

Also we had kayaks and one guy in a duck but I don't see why you couldn't take a shredder (a little slower maybe).
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Old 03-20-2009   #15
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too add, unless it is goin like 1000 cfs, which if it is eveybody that ownes a kayak will be there, the water moves slow enough to deal with most situations...

I will say this beyond the few log portages...there is a barbed wire fence across the river about a mile or two into the run. You cannot go under it or through it and it is on a bend in the is a portage and I fugured it would give quite a rise at 1000 cfs, so would the whole upper box anyway...


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