This is a joke right? "Any class V that lacks any large holes is pretty safe." Tell me you're joking so I don't have to waste my breath. Big South? Perhaps you didn't hear about the death last year in Bouncing Betty on the Big South. Perhaps you've never seen anybody swim the entirety of Slideways. Even if you're joking around, this kind of attitude is dangerous to other people who read this and believe it.What about Escalante, it you take out above the Falls? Or the Big South if you portage the big 3...there are usually pools at the base of the drops.
I think if you are a good boater, any Class V creek that lacks any large holes is pretty safe. The holes are what gets ya.
Each river has it's own special hazards. The discussion of Frog Rock on the Ark is a good example: Class III, but a badly blown line puts you in a deadly sieve.What I mean is: What IV-V-VI rivers/creeks come to mind that would not be life-threatening or overly dangerous to not get your line or swim on?
Word.The safest IV and higher boating is: A good crew that you know, running a river that they know, with everyone boating around their comfort zone, and everyone making well-thought decisions about what to run and what to walk. It's about the people more than the run.
Yeah, the alternate name isn't "50/50 falls" for nothing. You definitely have a good chance of swimming there. I've run it backwards, upside down, and corkscrewing down the flume. But it's an inescapable pool at the bottom, and with safety at the top (to guard against pinning in the right side) and a rope at the bottom, it's relatively safe for as big a drop as it is. From a swimmer's perspective, it's a whole lot safer than, say, the Upper Taos Box.1st gorge lime, huh. I have only run the 3rd gorge but would love to run the 1st...gives me a little hope. I thought there was a hole at the entrance to adrenaline.
I would like to know which class VI runs are safe? Was thinking about stepping it up.Thanks for the input everyone! I don't mean to strike up arguments, just curious. What I mean is: What IV-V-VI rivers/creeks come to mind that would not be life-threatening or overly dangerous to not get your line or swim on?