2018 grand canyon hfe
We enjoyed being on the Grand during the 2018 hfe started on Nov 5,2018.
We made our stand at owl eyes and arrived the afternoon before it was scheduled to hit us. The water level started rising fast around mid day, the next day, and in 4 hrs we had gone from around 8000 to 40,000 cfs. The transformation was an incredible experience and our camp was quickly pushed up into the rocks due to our choice of positioning on the beach. A dinner with water lapping on the cooks feet was hastily prepared while we watched previously benign river change itself into a wood and trash filled monster.
We stayed there three nights and put in on the third morning traveling 35 miles in 61/2 hrs floating with the wood debris as our guide. Deer creek pull in, helicopter eddy, upset rapid all gone. Some of us got into Havasu eddy but no way to get from boats to ledges. Our only kayaker paddled thru the narrows into a blissfully unaffected Havasu cr. Matcat went screaming by us.
I had previously run Lava at high flows in '83, and twice in later trips in the 25,000 to 30,000 range and was confident that there would be a sneak on the left. Our scout at 40,000 was on the left and left us all a little concerned.
There was a good seam but big possibilities of getting typewritered into the ledge hole or entering to far left and getting maytagged by big bubba. One of our dories opted for a bout with big bubba, flipped and did a fair amount of damage as well as a scary swim that ended way past tequilla beach.
My takeaways are that if you get the chance, go during a hfe. It was so cool.
But it affects the trip from beginning to end. Do not underestimate the need to pick a defensible camp and get there early! And bring muck boots, you'll need them!
Anyone else there? What did your trip experience?