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Old 09-10-2016   #11
 
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Hey Zeke, Thanks for the update. We launch in a week, so this is timely.

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Old 09-16-2016   #12
 
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Granite Springs Rapid Flip

After fighting high winds all day on Monday, Sept. 12th we approached Granite Springs with caution but didn't have any specific details with us. The flow as probably in the 14,000 CFS range. The new hole is impressive and massive. It flipped a 18' Sotar and my 16' cataraft. The hole is not easily seen as you approach and is hidden in the wave train in the center. To continue the warnings - stay left.
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Old 09-24-2016   #13
 
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I just found a video on YouTube that shows the new feature. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/VuKUPTjG4UE
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Old 09-24-2016   #14
 
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I thought it might have changed again since we ran it in mid August but that video seems about right to what I remember. Not sure if I hit that feature or not...but I know I was aiming for big stuff so I probably did. I tee'd up to it more then the people in the video though...so it was just a fun hit. I imagine at lower flows that will be a true hole or even an exposed rock.

To me...it felt like a 6 on the scale. If you know that wave/hole is there you can avoid it and the rest of the rapid is just a wave train.
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Old 10-09-2016   #15
 
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We ran it on the 5th in very muddy water at around 8am. We stopped and scouted it, but couldn't see the hole. Unintentionally, I hit it, but had the cat straight and it was about the size shown on the video. We got wet, but that was about it. The rapid is easily run on the left. Not that we're experts or anything, we've been down 4 times, but my wife and I thought it would be rated a 4 or 5 on the GC rapid scale.

I didn't see our lead boatman's run, but he hit the hole as well in a 23' cat and the water jerked his oar hard enough to tear a bicep ligament.
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Brad Dimock has some pics in his blog of the rapid and the wash.

fretwaterlines: Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
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Old 10-13-2016   #17
 
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Hey, Tom, it was a pretty easy kayak line on the left, so I really got my first close look at the meat in this Video. We sure enjoyed being with you guys. Glad you had a good trip down to Pearce. John
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Old 10-13-2016   #18
 
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Hey John, it was great little float down to Pierce from DC. The motor helped immensely. Pam claims we tagged the hole at Killer Fang, but I would call it more of a breaking wave.

What a great group to do the GC with! Hopefully, we're with the Arkansas in crowd in the future.
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Hey John. I grew up in Fort Smith. So can I be in the Arkansas in crowd on your next trip?

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I was fortunate to be invited on this trip as kayakers, along with my wife and long time boating buddy. The TL and several of the other oarsmen went on in '09 when I was a co-permit holder. Good things come back around!
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