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Old 01-23-2010   #1
 
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RRFW Riverwire Diamond Creek, Pearce Ferry to South Cove Update

RRFW Riverwire – Diamond Creek, Pearce Ferry to South Cove Update
January 23, 2010

To see the complete Riverwire (truncated on this list for length restrictions) please go to Diamond Creek, Pearce Ferry to South Cove Update | River Runners For Wilderness

Photos taken January 18, 2010 of Pearce Ferry Rapid are at the RRFW Rapids Gallery

Photos taken January 18, 2010 of the Ramp construction are at the RRFW Pearce Ferry Ramp Construction Gallery

Enjoy! The RRFW Team

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Pearce is going to end up a giant waterfall isn't it?

I took the right line in May and it was a fun little drop.
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Yeah,that rapid looks gnarly. Left side of that island looks hudge!

PF rapid is just past the improved take-out?? The rapids too new for my guidebook and we have yet to take-out past diamond...
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It's possible it will waterfall, but that much water going over consolidated sediment has a lot of downcutting force. As it downcuts and is just below the take out, maintaining the Ramp should be "interesting".

Barry, did you look at the Ramp photos? Follow the link above. There's a map posted there.

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I see what you've done here....

Thats gonna be a good lookin take-out.
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Pearce Ferry road update, see
http://www.gcpba.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=127&Item id=66

Predicted to open around April 1st.

There are also new pictures of Pearce Ferry Rapid, see
http://www.gcpba.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=131&Item id=66
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Note that lake level is projected to fall until it surpasses its current level in July or August of this year. These rapids are likely to increase in severity until then.

See page 23 of this link http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/AOP2010/AOP10.pdf
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The lake does not currently back up to the PF rapid and so the level isn't controlling what this rapid looks like.

There are rapids further downstream that will change with a further drop in Lake Mead.

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Note that lake level is projected to fall until it surpasses its current level in July or August of this year. These rapids are likely to increase in severity until then.

See page 23 of this link http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/AOP2010/AOP10.pdf
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It seems to me the biggest current issue with this drop (other than the fact the river bottom is changing over time) is what the run will be a differing flows. When I ran it in mid January, flow was 17-18k and the line was far different than the apparent line is now at lower flow. The lower flow in the picture looks like it forces you even further left at the top which increases exposure to the far left hole at the bottom. Still, the rapid at the mid point turn looks like it gives you a sweet spot and the time you need to stroke back center and away from the lower hole. I think this drop is a high IV or low V and is being way overblown in its perils. Although the entry and a must make move are critical, it still flushes clean if you go left of the top hole and right of the bottom hole from where I am sitting and the aftermath is immediately back to a class I river. I would not want to be swept into it unawares regardless.
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