Originally Posted by restrac2000
Thanks for sharing.
The river looks noticeably different between 8-10k and 10-13k. The forecasts are for us to see closer to 13k at the start of our trip. We hit Warm Springs on day 4. I am hoping it continues to drop each of those days. I am just much better at medium to technical water than pushy, bankfull conditions.
Thinking I might bring the paddles so my passenger(s) can kick in my turbo boosters to hit those critical laterals. Its funny that I get nervous at this stage as I tend to enjoy those moments. There is just something about reading rivers and executing a good line that is satisfying.
Thinks for chatting folks.
I was noticing that too. At 8k, there is a very sticky hole in the center middle that seems to wash out at higher levels. There is a grainy video on youtube from 1998 that shows a cataraft getting caught in it and flipping.
Honestly, at high water its not bad, just super fast and you have to set yourself up correctly at the top. Make sure to catch the large river right eddy and then punch the river right wave hole and quickly spin so you can pull right. You may still hit the edge of the hole, but on that side it flushes easily and is actually a fun hit if you are prepared for it.
If you truly want nothing to do with the Maytag, you can almost literally scrape along the right bank and you'll miss it completely. A couple people from our group did that. I didn't want to do that since its less then elegant and I hate having to scrape oars on the shore, but I erred too far on the side of being away from shore.
Having some extra paddle power from passengers certainly helps too. I'm always most nervous just as I get in my boat after scouting up until the current takes you and its passed the point of no return. Not gonna lie, after having to scramble all over the rocks during the scout I needed a few minutes to cool down and then amp myself up to do the rapid.