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Old 06-11-2010   #1
 
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U/L Rustic: 14' oar rig?

How's upper & lower Rustic in a 14' oar rig? Thinking about running tomorrow, 6/12. This'll be a first trip down Rustic for us (one raft and one IK in the group). Will we have trouble at Indian Medows bridge? Any other hazards to watch out for? We're confident III+/IV- boaters with some solid IV experience.

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Done it a couple times so far this season. It was pretty stout yesterday. Def look at d by d. It was LARGE yesterday. As was the drop under the bridge upstream of MM 89. Real big. Hole 99 was fairly flushed out but the water above it(seen from the hwy)had a BIG v-wave type feature that gave me my first surf ever yesterday. There's also a large hole after the curve at grandpas gorge...stay right. There are also some other random big stuff that you have to look out for. And of course....the white mile. Scout it and see what you think. Its fun but has a big flipper wave in the middle and a swim here could last for quite a while. I'd think twice about taking a ducky,probably. Unless he's a total badass. There are some big waves and holes up there right now and its movin fast and cold.

Several bridges you'll need to duck under,including the big drop under 88mile bridge...stay WAY left.

Indian meadows bridge is super low. We lined em down the right side yesterday at about 5ft. Be prfepared to crawl under the bridge and in the water. That portage looks shiity! I've always managed to avoid it. We've floated under it at 4.5ft before but be ready to duck down into your boat.

Its def class IV in spots right now.
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Thanks Barry. Sounds like a detailed road scout is neccessary on the way to the put-in, especially since this'll be a "first-descent" on this section for us.
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The put-in (if u choose to do the white mile) is shitty. Its a small pull-out on a curve,around MM 86. There's a nice put-in below white mile too. Look for a big,dirt shoulder and a gentle hill down to the bank.

You can scout indian meadow bridge on the way up. It should be lower by tmrw so you MAY be able to get under it. If you do go under it,take the left side. Seems to have more clearance. Scout first though and make your own decision.

Remember that there's a couple things you can't see from the road. And wood is way more of a hazard up there,as well as some blind channels. There are some strainers(should be easily avoidable) that are pretty ugly. And nasty rocks. Just Be on your toes up thar! It sees way less traffic and has a more secluded feel to it,besides the houses on upper. Its a great stretch though,love it
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