Pearce Ferry Rapid
Ok....so here's the scoop! I ran the Diamond Down section earlier this month and it was a blast! The last of the Grand rapids were a bit of a handful for my first time in a kayak for the season, let alone one fully loaded for a possible five day trip! Pearce Ferry Rapid was formidable, to say the least! Despite conflicting advice as to which side to portage from, I chose river left. Although the sand was a hassle for my wheel assembly with the loaded kayak, simply dragging it seemed to work best. The whole portage (plus scouting) took about three hours plus a climbing rope to lower my kayak back down to the water downstream of the rapid - great fun though. The rapid is VERY impressive with a lot going on: severe side waves, huge boils, undercut river bank, isolation.....wow! Is it runnable.....I don't doubt that there are boaters out there capable of doing it, but what a run it would be!!!! As for the remaining trip down to South Cove...some minor whitewater and LOTS of swirlies, not a problem for a raft (?), but keeps you on your toes in a loaded kayak!