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Old 06-10-2016   #1
 
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Cisco to Hittle at 23k

Does anyone have beta on Cisco to Hittle at the current level, 23k? I'll be escorting some newer folks down the river and there was a bit of apprehension due to American Whitewater's designation of "too high", despite reassurances that it is a class I-II section.

I would like to verify that there aren't any man-made features I am forgetting that might cause that designation (bridges, pipes, cables, etc), or if it is just part of the AW algorithm that falls outside of optimal flows and is therefore lumped in the "too high" end of the spectrum.

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Nothing I can remember. Fast as shit, keep your peeps in the boat. Could be a big feature or two to avoid but should be obvious enough. Dont let your guard down and you should be fine assuming you are a competent oarsman.
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What craft will they be in? No worries if your a competent boater and there riding with you. Some of the eddy lines and boils and stuff could be flippy for new kayakers. Not really any rapids till after Hittle. Will be fast though, so be on guard, good safety briefing if appropriate, run close, lots of cold fast water, but nothing to crazy on that stretch, remnants of dewey bridge shouldn't be to huge an issue hanging down from the cables.
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Thanks, I'll be in my 14' cat but will have two, maybe three IK's along. I told them they are welcome to climb aboard if anything is beyond their comfort level. I'm mainly reaching out to refresh my memory and make sure there weren't any obstructions/low clearance issues I was forgetting. Dewey is the only one I could think of.
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Cotton wood trees and stuff can have a habit of ending up hanging into, or getting stuck in the river on that first little stretch below Cisco, and becoming strainers some times. Good level for P.f.d.'s on that section to. Sounds like you got this. Have fun!
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Sounds like a fun float! Please do a trip report when you return and let us know how long it took you. Thanks!
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Please do a trip report when you return and let us know how long it took you.
Ha! Want to start taking bets? Going to try to stretch it into an overnight, but I'm guessing 2 hours?
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A little longer, I once ran it at 40,000, we were on the water by noon, and to camp at onion creek by maybe 5, oh, and we did stop for lunch.
Should still take you a bit longer to go just to Hittle, but should have plenty of time!!!
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