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Old 02-26-2017   #1
 
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Pearce Ferry Rapid Video from today.... urp...

Pearce Ferry Rapid February 26 2017

Sorry for not being a better videographer.


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Ugh!

The way that rapid has changed is impressive. How many feet of downcutting has it done over the last few years to have fully abandoned that right channel?
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Good question. Without doing some surveying, I estimated a 7 foot drop in 150 feet or less. What is really cool is you can walk out on dry ground on river left and get right up and personal. It's just.... well.... impressive!
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Tom-You could alternatively name this video: "Why you don't go to South Cove with rafts these days". Wow, Pearce Ferry is a monster at this level! Wouldn't want to swim in the pocket below the ledge hole for anything. Is a portage even feasible for rafts?

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Fruita, Excellent title! Yes, with difficulty there is a portage option around the right corner. Better yet would be to pull out at Pearce, haul to South, tow up to the rapid foot, and carry on. You are most welcome, t
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Awesome video Tom! Just an amazing rapid. What do you think would be an optimum flow rate (or range) for running this monster?
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Shoe, glad you like it. It's hard to capture this rapid's force in a video. I failed that. What? Running this monster? I'll hold your beer... I am not that good a boater to even suggest a line. This rapid threw me off my dory horse in 2010 and i have been staying away since... Cordially, Tom
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In 2008 the ranger told us there was a new "riffle" below Pearce and make sure we had our pfd's on. I was rowing a mini-me and had quite a ride. It's only gotten harder.
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Hard to tell how big that pile is from the video. I'm sure its way too big to run as video never does justice. What you can tell is that youd be doing about 20MPH when you hit it. Either it would be a rocket right through because you had enough speed and mass to break it or a VERY highspeed flip. You could only hope to flush out the bottom and not recirc for eternity in that eddy.

In 2009 it was a super fun run. Any Idea when the last time someone ran it was?
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