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Old 04-09-2014   #11
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I floated the old LOCHSA 12 years ago.30 miles in about 3 hours. Got my ass kicked, couple of swims. Had a great time. Downstream

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Old 04-09-2014   #12
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Originally Posted by orto11 View Post
Biggest problem on the Lochsa is everyone rigging their boat right in the way, middle of the parking lot in front of the slide and plugging the beach for an hour while their buddys wander aimlessly. Rig your crap and then pack it down and leave the beach!

The falls look like something in the videos but there is a easy line to the left of the hole usually, most of those people pull back right in the hole to get surfed and are trying to flip to make the video
Orto you are back! Have you met up with Ted for coffee yet?

I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 04-09-2014   #13
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Thank you all for the advice. I am new to this site and I am amazed with how awesome it is. Everyone is very helpful here. Utrafter thank you for the link to the guide on AW. It was very helpful. I hope to see some of you there in person and I may take some up with their help once there.
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Old 04-09-2014   #14
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I've been on the Lochsa for 5 seasons now, but haven't been there yet for Madness weekend. This will be my first!

Find a crew to join and follow their lines.

The Falls looks huge, but it's either going to flip you or it isn't. I've done dumb things (like trying to surf or spin) and gone through upright, and I've had "perfectly" straight lines punching the wall on the left and been dumptrucked. It's got a huge long pool afterward. Go for it.

Horsetail and Grim Reaper are tougher rapids, they just don't have the same roadside carnage view as the Falls.

The "Upper" from White Pine down to Wilderness Gateway (or Fish Creek) is 17 miles of more technical, gorgeous rapids. See you there!

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