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Gates of Lodore High Water

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?:

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Do a thread search. Last year there was a thread with this title that had a ton of good info. Distilled, if your comfortable with big water/waves most everything is covered up. Lines are easier but a swim in that kind of flow is not a good thing. Be safe.
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That looks amazing! Riddled with surf.
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I ran the biggest of the meat that I could get to at about 8000 last year in my 14' cat. No big deal, the lines are easy to see and easy to hit, set up and run it.
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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.
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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.
Here are some pics..
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How was the run through Moonshine? Did you hit it or went left?

From the link above (thanks for the vids!) looks like the Disaster rapids are the toughest ones at that level. Did you go left on the Upper/Mid disaster by the big rock?
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How was the run through Moonshine? Did you hit it or went left?

From the link above (thanks for the vids!) looks like the Disaster rapids are the toughest ones at that level. Did you go left on the Upper/Mid disaster by the big rock?
There was a soft spot just to the right of the big center wave in Moonshine and I hit it square. Just went up and over and rode the rest of the wave train. The other guys tried to go left and still were pushed into the center, down the wave train.

We went left in Disaster, but had a bit of an "epic". The first boat missed the scout eddy and ran blind. The second boat followed to provide support. I wasn't sure if I should go or scout but there was a NPS trip scouting and they yelled to stay left. We did, but not quite enough to miss the big bottom wave. Was turned a bit sideways but highsided and went up and over. From what I can tell, the closer to the shore you can run safely, the better. This NPS boat in the picture is making a perfect run.
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Who might that be rowing the NPS boat making the "perfect run" in Disaster?
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