Originally Posted by pbowman
We heard at the take out that one of the local agencies was planning a training effort to extract it today 6/13 and that they were going to close the river during the exercise.
We had a great day, and out biggest group issue was classification of the run at these flows: III+ or IV-, our group had votes for both.
They didn't close the river, but the boat was extracted. Somebody was even nice enough to tell us there was a line in the water.
I think the Blue is still class III at this level, as well as all the way up to 1800. The eddy is big enough river right that the entrance move to Boulder Creek is easy. There's enough water flowing around Tombstone that you can go both ways, and you can go both ways around the next island. All the sleepers are under water after Tombstone. Guide Ejector is flushed out in Oh No Rapid, and again, all the rocks are covered up, all the way to Columbine. There is enough water that you can bypass the entire take out rapid and flop over the take out eddy rocks.
At this flow the Upper Blue is an exercise in staying out of the Willows and teeing up waves.
Below 800 is when the Upper Blue gets tougher, but then there's significantly reduced swim consequence.