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Old 04-12-2010   #1
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New rock in Upper Death?

Natalie and I ran Upper Death last weekend, and at the time everything seemed normal, but now, taking a closer look at the photos, it seems like there may be a new rock in there. Does anyone else have a photo of UD before the rockfall, for comparison? I was having a hard time visualizing the rapid because we ran it at such low water that it looked very different. I think maybe with another photo to compare to, we might be able to tell for sure.

Here's the photo from this weekend:



The rock that I suspect is the one in the lower right with a pink side facing downstream. It looked like it fit in at the time, but now it seems a little more chipped up than the rest, and I'm starting to wonder just how deep it normally is there.

And in case the photo doesn't work, check out the blog entry:
Leif and Natalie: Low water? I'll show YOU low water! (The photo in question is near the end of the post.)
or the album of photos from that weekend: Picasa Web Albums - Leif - low water (again, barrel photos are near the end.)

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Thanks for posting a trip report. I got off right before you all. How long did it take you all to go from Blair ranch down Sunday?

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I looked at it this weekend too and though that the rock on the left of your pic was new. but I think you are right. That pink rock would normally be more weathered. There were two damaged areas on the guard rail above, so I'm thinking that those two are new.
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The paddle down from Bair Ranch took FOREVER. It was really pretty, though.

I've been going back and forth on this rock. It looks sort of new, but then I sort of remember a roostertail over on that side, which may have been caused by this rock all along. Who's got a photo to compare with?
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Comparing it to a picture on the eddy flower run it does look like it is new. I seem to remember some low water shots of upper and lower death somewhere but I can't seem to find them. Searched AW too just can't place it
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Leif, you win the 2010 escalante mank warrior award! Classic pencil to pothole of death sequence.

Kevin, that riding your bike around to boat is sooooo last year... Time to step up the challenge. This year, get a kayak backpack and hike your shit all over the state. Start walking to escalante now, you should be there when it peaks.
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Appears to be new. Good eye.

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Escalante and big sizzle are about all I am going to hit this year. I decided that kayaking is just to EXTREME for me so i have turned to guiding EXTREMELY overweight texans and Iowans down the poudre on the EXTREMELY hard to navigate things called rafts.
I will see you there Ian, with mucho cervesas this time
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Yes, its was part of that rock fall this winter when they close the interstate for a few days. Beta on the river is at higher water could make things very interesting....

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