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Old 08-22-2016   #1
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Rapid Change in Grand Canyon

The rapid at mile 221 has experienced a new flash flood and the rapid has changed significantly. There is a huge new hole near the top right similar to 209 mile rapid. From what I experienced yesterday, it is best to run to the left of this hole

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Old 08-22-2016   #2
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Thanks for the update! If folks have photos or video of the drop I would be interested to see those as well.

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Old 08-23-2016   #3
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Thanks for the news. What would you say about its visibility from a boat?
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Old 08-24-2016   #4
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Another forum notes Lower 220 Camp is underwater, as is most of Gorilla Island. Scouting of Granite Springs Rapid is recommended at this time, on river left. All the best, tom
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Old 08-24-2016   #5
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I just got off my first Grand trip on the 21st and we all remarked that Granite Springs was much larger then expected. It think we chalked it up to water level, but it turns out its because of this flood. I'd say its a 5 or 6 rapid now. It felt like one of the bigger rapids of that day. For what its worth, I still think its read and run for most people, but we also ran it a pretty high water level that may have covered some stuff up. I know myself and another boat in my group ran the hole in 209, but it was more of a wave and didn't get anywhere close to flipping either of us to give you an idea of water levels.

We stayed at Travertine Falls that night and noticed a change in the color of the water, so there is a chance that it flashed again or something changed after we went through so your results may vary.
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Old 08-25-2016   #6
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There's been a lot of flashing in that reach of the canyon during the last week or two. Came down through there yesterday and the new hole is a legit feature. The run is similar to that of 209, and visibility on the approach should allow most heady boaters to read and run. A left of center entry pulling or pushing left to miss the hole is the move. Pretty awesome to see things moving around so dramatically down there, it's not often you get the opportunity to run a brand new rapid!

On a totally unrelated note, Saddle Canyon flashed huge too. Lots of debris flow and boulders moved around, looks like a bomb went off.

Happy monsoon season!
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Old 08-25-2016   #7
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Hey Blade, did you get any pictures of either 221 or Saddle? Thanks, tom
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Old 08-25-2016   #8
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No pics of rapid if I find my pics of saddle I'll post em' up here for ya Tom.
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Old 09-09-2016   #9
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Ran the updated Granite Springs rapid on 9/6/16. We ran early morning - 8:30 - and the flow was close to 10K. At this flow, the rapid looked very similar to a reversed Crystal - without the dreaded rock island at the end.
Two offset holes, one after the other, in center toward top. Both can easily flip a boat. Huge breaking laterals coming off of the far right shore (bedrock?) with a nasty pour over immediately downstream. The tongue lead to a wave train with a very large pulsing wave about 3/4 of the way down. One boat hit this and reported a "Lava-like" crashing wave. Running down the left shore required breaking over some strong laterals and the run-out is through shallow water. I expect the rapid to look similar at lower water, with stiffer pour overs in center, but perhaps friendlier through wave train. No guesses at higher flows.
Scout left, but be aware that the cobble is still loose and moving under foot.
Hope this helps you all. Be safe.
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Here is a photo of Saddle Canyon where the big black rock used to be but is now gone!?
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