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Old 06-10-2009   #1
 
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Pinnacle to Parkdale

Planning on running Pinnacle to Parkdale this Saturday 6-12 does (nyone have advice. We have ran a lot of III's such as Browns. What should we beware of or any suggestions tips. Any flippers?

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Planning on running Pinnacle to Parkdale this Saturday 6-12 does (nyone have advice. We have ran a lot of III's such as Browns. What should we beware of or any suggestions tips. Any flippers?
Take a look at Three Rocks before you launch. There is a good overlook from the highway about a mile downstream of pinnacle. Pay close attention to the lines the commercials are taking - that can be a deceptively tricky rapid with a lot of places to mess up.

For most of the rest of that run at these water levels you pretty much can't go wrong by sticking to the right. Spikebuck is the only other rapid of real consequence. Two big holes / waves at the top can be missed on either side followed by a lot of bumpy water and a big hole at the bottom that is missed by taking a slot to the right. Watch out for the suprise hole just below spikebuck.

Enjoy it! It's a fun trip!
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Thanks for the guidance! Do you know if there is any shuttles in that area?
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Thanks for the guidance! Do you know if there is any shuttles in that area?
Very easy hitchhike. I have never made it out of Parkdale lot without getting a ride before getting to the pavement. Lots of people will be running private shuttles.
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So excited! Thanks again for the advice! Connie
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Pinnacle to PDale is my most-run river, and I would disagree with Dave above just a little bit.

I think at these flows the easier line in Spikebuck is to stay right of center and move to the left. If your'e comfortable making that move, you'll be fine. Right isn't a bad choice, but it's not the easiest, especially if you get too far right, or you're not real comfortable amongst a bunch of small rocks.

These are great flows for this run: forgivingly deep if you flip, not pushy, easy to scout everything.

At three rocks, the easy line is right, but scout as indicated above.

THere are a couple of surf spots in there if you're in a smaller boat. Have a good time. Great run for III boaters. I go back to it often (except this year for some reason)
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Pinnacle to PDale is my most-run river, and I would disagree with Dave above just a little bit.

I think at these flows the easier line in Spikebuck is to stay right of center and move to the left. If your'e comfortable making that move, you'll be fine. Right isn't a bad choice, but it's not the easiest, especially if you get too far right, or you're not real comfortable amongst a bunch of small rocks.
I prefer the line you described also. Nice eddy river left at the bottom and against the wall to sit for a minute and take it all in. Much better than the right IMHO.
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