I know Deso is a class 3, but I am curious from your personal experience, what level would you consider Deso to be the hardest?
I definitely consider myself a rookie boater, and I managed to flip a little 8 foot cat in the hole in Joe Hutch at the end of April, at about 4800. There are a couple of other buzzards who can confirm, and there's rumored to be a video floating around somewhere...I guess I didn't mean the wind but the hardness of the rapid. Since Deso is famous for rookie boaters and a river to learn on, I thought which level Joe Hatch and Coal creek become the worst.
I've ran low and I've ran high, but I don't think I've ever done low teens. I've heard from some one else that low teens were the toughest in the rapids, so I just wanted to make it Buzz official
Wind on Deso blows, no motor no Deso for me anymore.
I agree. I haven't done Deso since Joe Hutch blew out - it was a nice but inconsequential drop before then - but I've always considered Three Fords Deso's most significant breaking water.I actually think at lower water Three Fords becomes the biggest rapid of the trip. Joe seems to have mellowed out and Coal has such an obvious clean line at low levels. 3 Fords has a few sneaky laterals that can spin and flip folks unexpectedly.
For the seasoned boater Deso is really no big deal. I was asking more regarding to taking a newbie on the river, what is the easier/harder level to teach them on without teaching them too much rescue.Read other responses.
I remeber running joe hutch after it became a big deal...and I had basically a potato chip for a boat, and on loan boat trip. I spoke with some canoers portaging Joe Hutch, asked them to throw me a line if I flipped, and definitely got stalled out in right side of hole (would be easy to miss with any weight and momentum.) That was somewhere under 10K I believe. I though everything was completely washed out and gone between 12 and 20! But, like I said previously, I don't run deso for the white water!