Originally Posted by Electric-Mayhem
Were you in one of the boats that flipped? How was the swim? I can't say I'd love to go through the Claw and Satan's gut as a swimmer...but the video made it look not too bad (no long dark water filled portions after the initial flip).
I got invited on a trip...but due to one day of work on the day of the putin I can't make it. I definitely want to do it again (I've run early early spring when it was 8-12k cfs max) but probably not gonna make it till later in the summer.
Luckily, I haven't flipped YET down there. In 2014 we had 3 oar boats, I got through and the one flipped in the claw (on the video) and the other flipped in the ledge wave. Last year I ran a paddleboat with 2 other oar boats. Both Oar Boats flipped so we spent the next 3 miles trying to get the Oar boats into an eddy. Always good times down there and at High water it definitely gives a serious adrenaline rush. When I guided down there above 45K we would say you have about a 40% chance of getting through without flipping. If those waves happen to build and break right on you and you aren't PERFECTLY lined up, you go over pretty quick.
The Swim's don't look bad, but the person with the go pro had a hold of the boat. He said when he hit Satans gut, if he wasn't holding onto the line on the boat, he thinks he would have been under for much longer.