Originally Posted by shappattack
Bull Creek comes in over a mile downstream of the very end of Cabin Rapid. You can't see down to Bull Creek in the video. There are 2 more class III rapids down stream of Cabin Rapid before you reach Bull Creek. Not sure how you could have wound up all the way down there considering where we found your canoe.
Yup, it's over a mile. We hiked. I'd gone all the way down there, following David in his IK, as he looked to recover our flotsam. Then back up to get my buddy. Then the two of us down with most of our stuff. Then (me) up and down on Sunday to get the rest of our stuff.
In survival mode, I was being very careful to note landmarks. And the BLM river/topo map reinforces my place memory. That vertical wall on the left in the distance at the end of your video is definitely what Bull Creek comes through. It's past all three of the after-Cabin "class III+" rapids.
The large bar we were on that extends to the turn just before Cable was (a) big, (b) had decent-looking camp spots, and (c) looked like a place a helicopter could land. (And when I first got there, it was out of the considerable wind we were having on Saturday, but that turned out to be a momentary lull, not an actual feature.)
I was right about all that, especially (c). What I've now learned is that your camp spot for awaiting air rescue should be some distance away from the LZ; the prop wash from a Black Hawk is way more than enough to flatten your tents. Fortunately "Shipwreck bar" has another good LZ, close to the bottom and that left turn. (We'd explored the bar from where we camped, on the high end of it, down to the lower spot--not quite an island, but it might have been after the river came up following the snowstorm--on Saturday and Sunday.
On our very short flight out, spiraling up and only a bit over, to the S&R group, we had an awesome view of Cable rapids.