Lower NSV - Shelly's - strainer - Mountain Buzz

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Old 05-16-2010   #1
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Lower NSV - Shelly's - strainer

Lower NSV was running today, 5/16/10. Low, maybe 200 give or take 25 cfs, but runnable.

There is an almost river-wide tree in the first long class-III rapid below the put-in bridge.

The tree spans from the river-right shore to a big mid-stream boulder - part of it is underwater. It looks like you can sneak the big-boulder to the left (definitely can at higher water) or you can do a left-to-right move between the boulder and the above-water portion of the tree.

Not a very difficult move for a good or experienced boater. But a lot of beginners use this run as a stepping stone. BEGINNERS BEWARE: STAY LEFT and if you swim, SWIM LEFT. Part of it is underwater - and more of it will be as the creek rises.

Unfortunately, I don't think this tree is going to move without a chainsaw.

There was another tree in the water down by the Rock'n'River. I didn't get a good look but it didn't look too bad.

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Old 05-17-2010   #2
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Went up there today with saw, but what I needed was a long tow chain or a come along. Will return Tuesday with the right stuff.
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Old 05-18-2010   #3
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Upper tree is out now, thanks for the help Joe! The second tree is just downstreem of a very visible yellow "trout & jerkey" Sign. Stay left. Easy to see, and easy to go around.
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Old 05-18-2010   #4
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No sweat Vincent it was an adventure! I learned a lot, thank you again for paddling with me today.
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Old 05-19-2010   #5
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Thanks for your work in getting that out! We better keep an eye out for the lower one, if or when the water comes up.
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