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Old 04-24-2006   #1
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Piedra pin rock

-If you have ever run the peidra low then you know there are fuck-you rocks in every rapid. One has pinned two boaters on seperate occasions over the weekend. In first mudslide (little eye) rapid there is an entrance hole on the far left that stops playboats. two real slots exit. far left is clean. right/middle has a pin rock across 2/3 of its width. You can get pushed right by the hole and have to run this slot. I have been pinned there once myself but the flood last year made this rock even worse. It is a very benign rooster tail at yesterdays level (800?), but caused an almost two minute pin with the victim out of the water for only 1/3 of the time. I would not make a big deal out of this except for the fact that a few more seconds and this pin would have been terminal. I do not want this to happen to anyone else!
-First timers keep this in consideration and scout this stuff. Old timers, nothing much has really changed dramatically except for eye. Just look at eye before you run it, crazy flood power, way more managable.
-Huge thanks to Dan & Matt, couldn't have done it without you. I don't want to give an account of the full scenario. I will leave that to the person saved if they choose to. Be safe, see ya, Johnny

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Old 04-24-2006   #2
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Cheers to a bad situation that turned out good! Thanks Matt, from South fork, and Jonny aka floaty 22.
Had it not been for the swift action of 3 boaters rescuing another, there quite possibly would have been a death on the Piedra on Saturday.
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Old 04-25-2006   #3
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Thanks for the heads up.
Glad to hear everything worked out.
I like that river at a medium flow when that manky stuff gets covered because it's next to impossible to avoid some of those broach rocks at low flow.
Whats the deal with the eye, has the rock moved more to the left after high water last year?
That rapid looks different every time I see it.
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Old 04-25-2006   #4
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2nd mudslide has changed dramatically since last season. Yes, the rock has moved to the left, and about 10 feet downstream. Instead of a big blocky boulder, it is now a fin-type rock sticking up. I don't know if it's cleaned up or not; looks different, but not anymore difficult or easier. None in our group ran 2nd mudslide due to previous circumstances.
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