Alert: Gilman Gorge strainer - Mountain Buzz

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Old 05-21-2005   #1
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Alert: Gilman Gorge strainer

Heads up in gilman at the house rock above the mine. The tree that was parked next to the rock has moved downstream and formed a river-wide death strainer that's easy to miss until you are right up on it.

Anyone considering the run through the gorge should be on the lookout and prepared to catch an eddy below the rock and walk around. If you're unfamiliar with the run, the house rock is pretty obvious in the boogie water leading up to the bigger drops, pretty much the largest boulder you'll see all day, with a left line and an old engine block in the middle of the river right behind it.

There's room to find an eddy below the rock and portage the strainer on either side of the river, but floating into it would be ugly.

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Old 05-22-2005   #2
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Strainer in Gilman has moved

The strainer (big grey log 1.5 to 2 feet in diameter,20 feet long, no branches) has moved some distance downstream. It is currently beached on a shallow rock bar, midstream about a 1/4 mile above the mine site. It is in a wider shallow class II section of the river above the last "boogie water" rapid above the old mining town. It is probably gonna move tonight or in the next few days when the water rises. We paddled around it easily on the right today.

If you get to the mine site and haven't seen it, I highly recommend scouting all the bigger drops in the second half of the run (Fall Creek, Upper and Lower Rock Creek, Slide Rapid and Slurry Pipe) to make sure it hasn't lodged somewhere nasty.

Other than that log, there was an easily avoided log in the final rapid of Homestake Creek. It 's on the right side of the rapid below Piece of Shit.
Run left. Homestake and Gilman were all good to go today.

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Old 05-23-2005   #3
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still good to go 5/23
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