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Old 06-01-2015   #1
 
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New San Juan Rapid

tl;dr Heads up there is a new Rapid on the San Juan at Twin Canyon.

I just got back from an 8 night trip down the San Juan. I'm happy to report the river is amazing right now. We had a phenomenal trip. The water levels were great for our trip, and looking on USGS they are still quite decent and should stay that way for at least a little longer.

I wanted to give people headed out a heads up that there is a new rapid at Twin Canyon. The Twin Canyon side canyon apparently washed out recently and pushed a ton of debris into the river. I'm no expert at classifying rapids, but the waves here were easily bigger than government, and from what I saw, a scout of the rapid (on river right) was highly valuable if not vital. The water is calmer on the right, but don't be fooled into going that way, there is a full on wall of rock there. River left is where to run, we dropped in toward the right of the main tongue, and found that lead to a super smooth roller coaster across the waves. While the waves are big, taking the path we did was super easy and safe, the rapid gave us a fun ride and dropped us out the bottom safe and sound.

My trip leader took a bunch of pictures so I'll try and grab those from him and throw them up later this week, but I wanted to give people a heads up to know to expect new whitewater.

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We have a Sun 6/7 launch, looking forward to pics, thx !

Did you know about this rapid before you ran it ??
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We have a 6/17 launch. Look forward to the photos!
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Noticed that one last week on the San Juan, the waves were definitely bigger than Government but I thought it was much less technical. To me it's a read and run rapid..possibly a class III. We had about 1400 cfs for the trip.


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We pulled off about a week ago. Had we not talked to a guy in a canoe a few miles before the new rapid (about mile 48.5?) I would not have had any heads-up. We read and ran it down the middle (there was a tree stuck on the right side). Waves were fun. As mentioned above it is less technical than Government, at least at that water level (about 2k). I would probably classify it as barely a 3.
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On the trip with Lambardi, we ran it on Wednesday May 27th. We were told about it by a woman at Honaker. Its at RM 48.3, between the two side canyons coming in from the right. I have not checked the river gauge, but it was probably running around 2000 cfs. Its a straightforward left run, but might be more technical at lower levels. I'm attaching a few pics.
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Thx guys! Looks like a tidy little drop.

I got confused by the scout picture, since that's taken from river right, where the others were from the left.
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Yeah, that's right beardance, the first one is from the scout on river right, the other three are from river left in an eddy just below the rapid.

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Cranking!
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