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Old 08-27-2016   #1
 
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Lower Salmon jumping log warning.

I just got off the Lower Salmon on Wednesday and we had an alarming experience at the log people jump off near Green Canyon. Someone ran of the end of the log and the bottom half of it split like a trap door and almost broke off the log. If it had come loose it would have come down on top of the jumper. The log is rotting and the end is unsafe. Jump from midspan where it is still stable.

Kyle

By the way, does anyone know the story behind the raft stuck in the center left of Snowhole?

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Good to know, there is a current thread on that raft with a Facebook link to more info. I was wondering if it was still there.

Does anyone know the story behind the raft wrapped and left at Snowhole ?

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Old 08-27-2016   #3
 
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ROTTEN LOG ON LOWER SALMON

We also just got off the Lower Salmon on Wednesday. I jumped off the log a few times and noticed how rotten and spongy the last 12-18" had become since last year. I jumped from a couple feet back from the end with no problems.

Be cautious about jumping too far back from the end as it does get shallower. I very briefly and gently touched the bottom once when I jump from the right side a few feet back from the end.

At the Hammer Creek boat ramp I talked to a guy who witnessed the boat wrap at Snow Hole Rapid. He said the guy didn't make any moves above the rapid and went right into the rock. Lucky no one was killed. I think that boat will be there a while longer. Not worth the risk to recover. I heard it was a rental boat. There's danger out there boys and girls.

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What's that last picture? It's the same color of the pinned boat.

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No not the pinned boat. Just my friend Jon running Snow Hole the right way.
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Thanks for the info on the raft wreck.

The log is rotten further back than 18". When the first guy jumped fully half the log started to separate. It felt pretty solid about 4' from the end. I jumped diagonally out toward the green water and never touched bottom.

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