Originally Posted by AMYMOON
we are going on the Lodore next week. Seems to be running between 9 and 10,000 and I have heard Hells Half Mile can be nasty. Anyone done this stretch at this level? Tips?:
We just took off and it was running 9000. Definitely need to scout Disaster, Harp, Triplett, Hells and Moonshine. However, the runs are straight-forward, with maybe a hard pull or move here or there. As said above, its mostly punching BIG waves, although there are a few trouble spots to avoid. This was my first run down Lodore and I found it to be spectacular...and the rapids were just tough enough to get my heart pounding.
Hells wasn't too bad and I am not that great a boater...basically run center left to pass between all the nasty stuff river left and just skirt the big center hole/wave (think they call it Lucifer's rock?)...then there is a BIG right side lateral that you "T" up for. After that its a roller coaster.
Harp was especially wild...5-6 BIG standing waves all in a row, like a NPS employee said "a Mini Hermit".
It was very cold and moving fast so dress appropriately. Wish I could get my pics to upload...have a great one of a NPS raft just after a total eject in Disaster...so it happens to the best. Have a great time.