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Old 02-22-2019   #1
 
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Westwater Skull Hole

Anyone have thoughts about what the best level to make a run through the hole at Skull Rapid would be? I've done it by accident before coming out after a scout, but what level is best to just go right into it for a big hit?

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These levels.
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Old 02-22-2019   #3
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Around 2300 imho
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I had a buddy go over the meat of skull sideways in his 14' cat at around 5-6k, and came out unscathed. But this is also the guy I've said numerous times has the best of luck. He's pulled permits for us a slew of times.
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Nice pictures Rich P!!!!

A level where you can get back out of the Room of Doom?

I don't know why you would want to hit that particular hole for getting a big hit though, lots of better spots in WW for going big.
Bigger rapids that have seen a fair bit of attempted rope rescues, kind of sketch me out as places for a swim.
I have talked to at least one SRT, who was there for an 8 year old kid drowning in Skull, rope around the leg, and water rising.
I think Skull has seen a few throw bags deployed, kinda like the left side of Gore, just makes me not want to swim there.
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Thanks for the pics Richp, I haven’t seen those posted before!

The OPs question doesn’t lead me to an answer. Only more questions that could be taken wrong. Better to just look at the pictures 🙂
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A buddy of mine ran the Skull meat line last year when we were in there at 13k. We all got a good look at the entire bottom of his raft from below as he hit the hole. Pulled it off though.
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I intentionally gutted Skull in 2000 in a 16 foot aluminum dory, got stalled out in the hole, and then pushed up onto the rock of shock. Had it been in a rubber boat, it would have been a wrap for sure, but I managed to pull off the rock with the oars and made it thru, in the boat, at the bottom of the rapid. Not the smartest thing I've ever done, but as they say, bad decisions make for good stories!!
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I accidentally hit skull hole sideways at around 3500 cfs and came out of it right side up and was still able to row into the room of doom for a victory beer.
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I intentionally gutted Skull in 2000 in a 16 foot aluminum dory, got stalled out in the hole, and then pushed up onto the rock of shock. Had it been in a rubber boat, it would have been a wrap for sure, but I managed to pull off the rock with the oars and made it thru, in the boat, at the bottom of the rapid. Not the smartest thing I've ever done, but as they say, bad decisions make for good stories!!

Oh, I should have mentioned that the flow was 15K CFS...



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