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Old 05-11-2009   #1
 
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New Rapid in Desolation Canyon????

Hi All,

I just heard from a friend that over the winter Deso developed a new rapid that is potentially Class IV. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is actually
true?

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Joe Hutch Canyon flash flooded last August, which has made (from trip reports since then) the Joe Hutch Canyon rapid more difficult - the BLM now calls it a solid class III, but it's just now being seen with high water for the first time. I'm looking forward to seeing it myself here in a couple of weeks.
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We just ran it about a week ago at about 12,000 cfs. We ran left of center to avoid a large hole on river right and then moved towards the center to avoid pour overs and rocks on the left. It did not seem that difficult (maybe a 6 or 7 on the desert scale) but it would probably be a good idea to scout it. At 10-15k cfs its definitely the biggest rapid in DesoGray.

You can't really see the line but I included a photo anyway.

Have a great trip!
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Old 05-11-2009   #4
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great photo- look like a blast!!
im heading to deso on friday morning, and will certainly take plenty of photos as well.
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Joe Hutch Canyon

I'm running it the second week in June. When you get back would you let me know how it goes for you? Thanks. Have a great trip.


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Joe Hutch Canyon flash flooded last August, which has made (from trip reports since then) the Joe Hutch Canyon rapid more difficult - the BLM now calls it a solid class III, but it's just now being seen with high water for the first time. I'm looking forward to seeing it myself here in a couple of weeks.
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We just ran it about a week ago at about 12,000 cfs. We ran left of center to avoid a large hole on river right and then moved towards the center to avoid pour overs and rocks on the left. It did not seem that difficult (maybe a 6 or 7 on the desert scale) but it would probably be a good idea to scout it. At 10-15k cfs its definitely the biggest rapid in DesoGray.

You can't really see the line but I included a photo anyway.

Have a great trip!
Sounds awesome. Thanks
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I put on the 15th of June and will add to the Joe Hutch photo collection when I return,
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We launch on Monday and I'm guessing that we will scout Joe Hutch. I'll try and get some photos up when we return.
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Along with the photos that I'll take here in 2 weeks, I'm also going to shoot some HD video, which of course I'll share (if I can find someplace to host HD video....)
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