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Old 06-06-2013   #1
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West Fork Clear Creek

Has anyone been up there yet? Lots of wood?

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Old 06-06-2013   #2
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A couple weeks ago a crew went up to clean it out. They successfully did, and then just as they were about to drop into Z gorge a log floated in and wedged into the line. The water has definitely come up since then, so I'm betting there's more. I'm sure they might chime in here as well.
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Yeah, pretty much what Ian said. It was really choked with wood. We spent a long time cleaning lots of wood a couple weeks ago so somebody should go run it. Any normal crew would have been SOL, but we had a wood specialist in our team, rappelling off cliff walls with a chainsaw.

As the flows were coming up in the evening a big log chalked right in the line at the first turn in z-gorge making it pretty sketchy. Gunshot also had an odd shaped, partially submerged log that we couldn't access that made the drop a lot sketchier as it looked to be where the current wanted to take you. The flows were on the lower end, a little below 200 midday, and a bit above it in the evening, when we were out there.

Aside from that one log in z-gorge, which has probably moved at this point, we got the run pretty damn clear. You should also make your own assessment of the wood in Gunshot, assuming it's still there. But there seems to be lots of dead trees in the area, so I wouldn't be surprised if something new flushed into the run.

I'd never really taken a look at the run before, but I can tell you that even with no wood, it ain't exactly clean. It's a manky bitch and z-gorge is pretty stacked without much recovery room. I'm not all that excited about running it. I'll bet with enough flow to cover the mank, it'd be scary fast and continuous.

We sort of salvaged our day by doing some laps on the top 3 drops, which are actually very clean and quite fun, and it's entertaining watching people trying to jam their boat into an eddy after the 3rd drop. But don't know if I'd go up there just to do that.
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