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Old 05-26-2004   #1
 
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we're planning on blazing the whole run, including the Box, on friday. we're gonna start early and we're fortunate enought to have the woman doing the shuttle for us (gotta love it), but we'd like a Guide or at least some beta on where to scout.

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Old 05-26-2004   #2
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check with the guys at four corners to see if anyone else is going friday
otherwise stop and look at everything that has a horizon line
once you pass the tocoma power plant youre committed and have to finish the gorge
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approximately how many horizon lines are there? are they basically the three or four rapids described in the book? is it reasonable to read and run the Box (with some scouts)??

and what's your estimate on the how long it should take us to get down the river?

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if you dont have a guide youll want to look at all of those listed in the book
you will pretty much have to read and run the box unless it gets cold and the level drops
unless youre hammering through plan on it taking all day, like 8 hours to get to the top of the takeout hike at the rockwood depot
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make sure to not miss the take out at the bottom of the box. there used to be a sign on the right side and a cable going over the river marking it. could be a long cold day so plan accordingly. the run is a blast & beautiful.

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You can probably read & run or scout everything but the Guardian in Upper Rockwood. It's tough to see the line in that one, even from above.

What it looks like:
River-wide hole with rocks that create a horizon line. It's the first major rapid once the rail goes from river-left to river-right, maybe 150 yards down from the tressle.

Here's the move:

Get in the last river-left eddy above the hole. Pull the hairy-ferry all the way across to river-right and run the drop up against the right wall. Total trust move.

The rest of the canyon is heads up 4+ moves, but the whole canyon bumps it to a V given the water level, cold water and the risk of swimming into the lower box. In all, one of the most spectacular canyons in the state.

If you're cashed from the 24 miles above - skip the Box for another day. It'll be there.
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Definitely scout Broken Bridge and 10 Mile- Those kind of sneak up on you. 10 Mile (Also called Garfield) have some munchy holes and you might not realize you're in until you're surfing a monster.
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damnit flaco
what do you think no name is
chopped liver
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C'mon- you can see No-Name from a mile away & there are eddies above on both sides.

LBS? As in "pounds"? Would that be as in "pushing 250 pounds" or "pounds his meat instead of kayaking"?


Here's a pic of the Guardian from below, at low water (300 cfs):http://www.americanwhitewater.org/photos/?photoid=7051
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thanks for all the beta guys! if any of you guys are looking for paddling partners this weekend and want to creek, give me a buzz 970-310-4157.

and if i could trouble you for some more beta....any suggestions for (free) camping near silverton or anywhere in that general vicinity?
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