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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Upper Co (Needle Eye and Yarmony) @ 3-4k

What are Needle's Eye and Yarmony rapid like at 3,000-4,000 cfs? I'd assume Needle Eye is go right (or left). Is Yarmony read and run? Probably a couple holes but plenty of river to avoid them?



I'm a Class III+ rafter but risk adverse to long cold swims. Want to make sure there is no monster holes. Only saw these at 600-1200 last year.

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Verbal or written tips are great, but another way to get a sense of things is to go on youtube. You can usually get a decent video clip of the popular rapids, right at river level (ie GoPros), at various cfs levels. Here's one of Yarmony at 4500 (pardon the cursing, not my video):



Just an idea.

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Run right of eye of the needle, rock will be barely underwater. Work a bit left as you pass the top to avoid another hole the forms on the farther right side.
Top of yarmony stay towards the left bank and avoid the hole in center. As you round the bend work towards center right and avoid the larger hole forming on the bottom left. Both are easy read and run rapids with some fun waves to enjoy.
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Thanks to both of you. That is well in my capabilities...I just need my hand held. I'm avoiding some runs I'm excited about for a couple weeks as things settle down.


@Tom; the swearing didn't phase me but it was off putting because the winded dude sounded like a fatty having sex. Ugh.
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Tourrette's style of boating, my style too!
If it wasn't a rental boat, might suggest a front foot thwart and knee braces.
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Punch the holes, watch out for the sunken kayakes, and look for sunken coolers full of beer.

Complete shit show on Saturday. Watched more than 1 Walmart bath toy find its demise and newbs walking railroad tracks.
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My fears were unfounded. You can make it down that stretch with about ten oar strokes at this level. Didn't seem any more shit showy than a typical day.
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@Tom; the swearing didn't phase me but it was off putting because the winded dude sounded like a fatty having sex. Ugh.
Don't even want to ask how you know what that sounds like!??
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Sometimes you see things you don't search out. After that you cannot unsee them. I'm told therapy helps. I stick to booze.
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