2011 high water Yampa
Got invited by a friend of a friend on a cancellation in 2011 when it peaked at 30,000 cfs plus, it was a hoot! Probably the most fun you can have with your clothes on. The other posts are spot on as far as rapid descriptions are concerned, The run in Warm Springs was the same as usual maybe a bit easier at the two rocks on entry right are under water so you can sneak down the right side and set up for the 4 hole and Maytag. Maytag was huge and would eat your ass if you go down the middle, but someone in our group pulled off the middle left to far left run that I have always wondered about. We did a 4 day trip and still layed over at Harding 3, which wasn't a terrible camp due to the high water. Did the 33 miles to the Cove in a little over six hours after staring into the hole at Maytag for an hour. Moonshine was large at the bottom but the same as usual. Some in our group were determined to scout it for some reason which I don't recommend due to the length of the rapid and the hike. I just floated around in the eddy while they bushwhacked. The first day is amazing as we were making 8+ miles per hour and it was like being on the North sea on a choppy day, too much water in too small of a space. Teepee was a right sneak as usual, but there were some large holes down below where you go thru some S turns, easy to avoid if you aren't celebrating Teepee. I've done 3 trips since then and the rockfall at WS has pretty much sorted itself out. I think it's a bit different at real low flows. As of Feb 26th the SWE was down to 121% and the west has been losing 2-5% a week in Feb. Hopefully it will snow like crazy again in March and April and get it back up a bit. Get your camp requests in early so you can get the good ones, Box Elder 3 is one of my all time faves,Anderson hole is nice if you want a short first day for some reason. Harding 4 is the best of those 4 unless the water is 28,000+ then Harding 2 is dryer, Poderosa, TeePee and Mather's Hole are all good but have a bit of a carry to the kitchen. Mather's has a huge overhang that allow's a tent free night and is great on a rainy day. I rate the Jone's Hole camps 4, 1, 2 then 3 although they are all better than Compromise and Stateline. 4 is the farthest from the Jones Hole hike(not to be missed) but is quieter as people tend to party a bit on the last night. The new camp at Sea Cliff is nice and has a great night sky. The shuttle is the easiest in the west, you can run your own in less than 4 hours or pay River Runners Transport in Vernal to do it for you. Enjoy and post again if you still have questions.