New Rock in Big Joe Rapid - Yampa River
Just got off the Yampa. We rode the first crest this last week. The ranger mentioned that an outfitter told him about a new rock in Big Joe rapid. We just happened to pull over at the camp and have a look at it. I can post some photos later. There is a large (30ft wide) ledge type hole that is in the middle of the river. It is very hard to see as you approach until its too late. My group scouted and ran far left entry and around a horn rock further below, then pulling right to avoid large holes and crashing waves and the bottom. You could run right as well but would have to eat a piece of a surging crashing wave that I didn't really want to test out. Flows were probably about 10,000 - 12,000 when we were there. Tepee and little Joe were huge big rapids as well but not as technical as Big Joe. Just wanted to give folks a heads up. If I would have been going off what the guide book said I may have gotten suckered into the big hole as it is very hard to tell that it's there until you are very close to it.
When you spend your life in the rain, you learn to walk between the drops.