Yesterday (Tuesday) myself, along with Todd (from Colorado River Adventures), Billy, Mongo, Tim (from Timberline), and Mike (from Lakota), paddled Gore at 324 cfs in 2 rafts and 2 kayaks to cut a fallen tree from the river. The report was that the tree was spanning riverwide just below sissors. We got out to scout at the entrance to Gore Rapid and "Holy S&$t" is the first thing I thought. This tree was HUGE! It had fallen from river left, truely went shore-to-shore, and was at least 6-8 feet in diameter at the base! Billy guessed it was "about 500 years old". We paddled to the eddy just above the tree and cut everything out from river center to river right. What's left of the tree is hidden behind a "rock barricade" on river left and this sucker is heavy enough it should remain on the bottom when the flows come up. (It took 2-3 people to roll foot and a half sections up the hill!) All the remaining branches were cut from the log and removed from the river. There are before and after pictures posted in the creek section of the photo gallery.
I recommend everyone take a look as a reference for when you get up there.
Yesterday was definitely the next best thing to beer and women - rafting, kayaking, and chainsaws (and post-beer)! All the drops were "clean". It is a very creeky style Gore canyon run and a lot of fun right now.
A special thanks should go out to Colorado River Adventures and Timberline Tours for providing rafts, chainsaws, shuttles, and logistics. This is a great example of kayakers and rafting companies working together to improve and maintain the safety of our rivers.
It's on, Gore season is here...see you out there....