Originally Posted by Andy H.
Here ya go:
After hearing the story I was sorry I asked about it. The video gets pretty painful after the tube blows out on some of that "historic" scrap metal they've got down in the Gorge. That junk gives me the willies every time I float past it!
...Gotta wonder what it would take to put a cutting torch with a long hose on a rail service car some day in winter when flow's at a minimum. Talk about man-made hazards in the river!
I've been wondering the same thing about the scrap metal. Some of the old railroad trail that supports the bank through the Narrows would prob need to be replaced if it got removed. Would be a big effort, but how awesome it would be to float the Gorge knowing the most of heavy iron was removed.
Thanks for posting the video. Pretty epic. Shows how a few altered variables can alter the whole run.
Not being critical here of the rafter, just offering some thoughts. I am a kayaker, so it was interesting to watch. For me, running the Narrows at that level, I would take the huge lateral much differently. There is so much water getting compressed in that area, and bouncing off the right wall and moving left. In my kayak, I would have hit it far far right, with nose of my boat even pointed right, knowing that when I hit it, I would be moved across the river left and the front of my kayak wanting to turn left (hopefully straightening out, if calculated properly). So when I the raft coming into it more river left, and then the front of the raft pointing left, it didn't seem surprising to see it get side surfed into the river left shoreline. (again, I know, it is easy for me to say now, from the comfort of my chair). Again, in terms of kayaks, the more bulbous the kayak (imagine a creek boat) the more I would expect to get side surfed to the left shoreline, so a light raft I would think the same...
Would be interested in hearing rafters perspectives on this.
Great video! Thanks for sharing and glad it turned out ok.