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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
Vail, Colorado
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Jarbidge / Bruneau Beta

Anyone have any current Jarbidge/Bruneau beta they would like to share? Thinking about trying to hit it next weekend.

Thanks.

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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #2
 
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Just did WF Bruneau to the confluence and then shuttled back up to the Jarbidge and ran through the main Bruneau. 5 days on the water. It was great. Cold, flows dropped. Only 1300ish on the Bruneau....but this trip isn't about running gnarly WW.

In terms of river beta there's nothing to tell. No surprises. Clean. We walked Grayskull and Jarbidge Falls...both of which can be run but are not without consequence if screwed up....and you're a long way out there if something goes bad.

That was my first time down the WF and it was WAY more beautiful than I had expected. WW was a solid notch up.

All in all it was a great trip. Great to have it in our back yard!

EDIT: I guess I should mention we were in kayaks.
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Thanks ID Surfer, exactly what I was looking for. Any guess what the Jarbidge was running?
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I put on 8 days ago and we did a three day trip in kayaks with flows between 2100-2400 I think. We took a duo also so a friend could show his girlfriend down. At those flows, it was pushing pretty fast through the Jarbidge but as long as kept your eyes open, just continuous class 2-4 whitewater in most places. HUGE lake above Castle GreySkull so that will be obvious. Jarbidge Falls is less obvious but has a rather large rock, "House Rock" at the entrance so try to be very cautious as you approach this. I found the whitewater in the miles above Jarbidge Falls to be some of the most difficult on the run.
After the confluence with the West Fork Bruneau, the pace of our trip slowed down dramatically. There was some whitewater in these miles but just fun stuff.
Five Mile Rapids and Wild Burro were moderately exciting at the higher flows. We camped almost exactly 13 miles into the run on the right, but saw an epic campsite 1-2 miles downstream on the right also. We also camped at an awesome spot just downstream of the confluence with Sheep Creek and hiked into a cave above our camp.

As you probably know, this is an absolutely amazing trip and I would just recommend giving yourself plenty of time to travel through there.
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Thanks Favre. It looks like it's going to warm up a little next week and bump the flows as well. I ran it 20 years ago, so doing it next week will be like my first time all over again. Stoked!
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