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So I ran Gore, which is a big step up for me. I walked Gore and Tunnel.

The first thing I think I learned is about boofing. Boofing is a new skill I'm practicing this year, and on Gore, all my boofs were passable, a couple were good, and I nailed Pyrite. I am pretty surprised how good they all were, because practicing on rocks on Numbers or Browns or wherever, I flubbed about half of them. Yet no flubs on Gore...

Tell me if I'm correct here: It's easier to boof on a real ledge drop, and also easier to boof when the water is pushier. I think one of the reasons my boof worked better was there wasn't a rock to go up and over like when I practice. Add to that pushy water, and it seemed much easier to get a good stroke, land flat, and get some distance. I'm not sure where my boof stroke stands overall, though.

The second thing I think I learned is that, from a strict energy conservation point of view, you're better off running Tunnel and swimming out of the hole than you are walking your boat around it. Oh my god, that was tedious, difficult, and a bit dangerous. I can't imagine that totally screwing up in Tunnel would cost me more energy or risk worse injury than that damn portage.

Word to the wise: There's a rattlesnake somewhere on river left at the top of Kirschbaum's right off the beach.

Thanks to the guys who took one for the team, probing yesterday. I'd never have been as decent without your direction.

Thanks to the group who found our paddle and left it at tunnel.

Praise be to Allah for the hot chicks in the raft at Gore (I really didn't want to get out of your way).

And some of you who ran the meat on Gore itself yesterday were the sexiest paddlers I've ever seen. Watching you boof the left and landing was really inspirational. All of you who ran it, or the sneak, were braver than I, but that gives me something to work up to.

That's the most fun I've ever had on a river.
 

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Hey Congrats!
This weekend was my virgin runs down Gore as well.
I learned a few things too!

Portaging sucks!
I portaged Gore rapid both days and hated it...I ran tunnel, mostly because I figured i could make the line, it looked really fun, and maybe a bit of it was that I didn't want to portage again.

The most important thing I learned, which no one seemed to tell me a head of time, is that the green tongue on class IV+ and above, usually leads into the meat of the hole. oooops! I don't think that would have ever crossed my mind.

Ya Gore!

Thanks guys for helping me out this weekend!
 

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There is a fairly recent video in the boaters forum of someone taking it in Tunnel. You make the call.
 

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The second thing I think I learned is that, from a strict energy conservation point of view, you're better off running Tunnel and swimming out of the hole than you are walking your boat around it. Oh my god, that was tedious, difficult, and a bit dangerous. I can't imagine that totally screwing up in Tunnel would cost me more energy or risk worse injury than that damn portage.
Maybe. I think the video of someone getting their ass kicked in Tunnel this year made a portage seem like a comfortable option. I've never walked around that thing but if I wasn't feeling it then I wouldn't hesitate to walk. I think it is kind of a scary drop. It looks to me like that hole could drown you if you made a mistake or two mixed in with some bad luck.
 

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The worst thing I've seen at tunnel isn't getting worked in the hole, but instead coming in too far left and running straight into the undercut rock on the left. That was ugly.

There used to be an easy sneak around the left side but that big rock moved and that is no longer there.

That same guy for some reason paddled down the middle of Applesauce which also isn't a nice place to end up being upside down.

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That rock has moved a few times over the last decade. For a while it did eliminate the option of sneaking.

The left sneak is fully in effect, at least at 1200 cfs. It looked very smooth and pretty much assured you're not ending up in the hole.


While the meatier boof is a fun line, it certainly offers the possibility of a bigger beating. Apparently it is much stickier with less water.

Congrats on your vigin runs!
 

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Both I think. Looks like he/she got turned and angled to the right just above the lip and dropped straight into the worst part of the hole with lots of right angle so no chance of hitting the spout on the left flushing away from the hole or boofing over the hole. Experience also tells me that getting too close to the rock river left just above the lip is no good. I think he/she should be a little farther to right coming in.

I'm starting to wonder if that's a better line than getting too close to the rock jutting out on the left though. Has anyone seen anything bad result from people hitting that rock?

So what was that guy's mistake in the video? Bad boof? Bad line? Both?
 

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Actually I think it was a woman. I believe my buddy works with her.
I think she was a bit too far left, hit a diagonal wave that pushed her nose river-right (timed with an unfortunate left stroke), and at that point there is no time for correction.

Tunnel is one of my favorite swimming holes.

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bad line and bad angle

Looks like the boater who got a little worked in the video went over the falls with almost a 45 degree angle to the right. They would have to hit that line straight on with speed in order to have a chance of getting past the hole. That main channel they went over has the most meaty, retentive part of the hole at the bottom. I've always run it about 5-10 feet (boater's) left of where they went in that video. There's a little diving board style rock under the surface of the water right at the edge of the falls. I just try to line that up with some speed and a last minute boof stroke. I haven't ever hit the rock face in the landing or gotten snagged by the hole... knock on wood. That move can be tough since you get a big splash in the face by that small lateral wave right before you're making the move over the edge.
 

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Start in tight left on the two big rocks at the very top. Stay left of the wave train. As you come around the corner and see the lip, take one more strong downstream righty. Then move back hard to the right, crossing the meat of the current. There is a main pointy rooster tail right at the lip. I take a strong left before the rooster and go off the lip with the point of the rooster a bit off my left hip. When you feel like boofing off the top, wait, then righty stroke late. Be sure to look up at Kaleb's camera as you go off the lip. Yes, this line sends your over the very worst of the hole - if you're anywhere near the rock you either were thinking a different line or blew mine. No, it definitely doesn't happen like that every time - that's why it's so fun.

Pointers:
1. To keep from getting the full beat down you must have downstream momentum. Sounds simple, but the best boaters get worked there because they're looking for the huge boof and just take rudder strokes to line up.
2. The boof is not mandatory - see above. A great boof with no speed resulted in my swim.Most everyone I know who's run tunnel a lot has swam there. Lots of speed will send you out into the kicking current and without a boof, you'll just have to brace or roll up in the eddy.
3. The higher - the better. Most swims and beatdowns occur in the 800 range when she's sticky.
4. 95% of swims, especially from first timers, occur in the eddy.
5. If you ask yourself, "Am I in the hole?" - then you're not. You'll know it when you are.
6. Most exceptional boaters who have run Tunnel lots have added their name to the long list of Tunnel swimmers.
7. If you have more questions, ask Chris Morrison cause he stomped it saturday like he's an accountant doing taxes - precisely (thanks for the quote WSR boys).
Joe
 

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I'm starting to wonder if that's a better line than getting too close to the rock jutting out on the left though. Has anyone seen anything bad result from people hitting that rock?
Yep! I witnessed my friend KSC break his brand new Jefe on that rock this weekend! :lol:

Sorry, couldn't resist! I felt like a wus portaging that shit this weekend but after watching your line I think I made the right decision.
 

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Sorta OT, but Heliodorus - IIRC you were running class II/III a couple years ago when you first posted here. It's pretty cool to see (virtually) someone progress up the ladder. Congrats on a good day at Gore. (I swam at Tunnel on my first/only so far run there several years ago too.)
 

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Ran tunnel around 1000-1100cfs and was told to point at the big rock river left. Side wave from left pushed me right of the rock and left of hole-worked brilliantly. Just gotta have some balls to drop the sneak at gore rapid. Peeling out above decision rock takes some fancy paddling. Someone please tell me this move is not a problem so I too can avoid that heinous portage.
 

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Sorta OT, but Heliodorus - IIRC you were running class II/III a couple years ago when you first posted here. It's pretty cool to see (virtually) someone progress up the ladder. Congrats on a good day at Gore. (I swam at Tunnel on my first/only so far run there several years ago too.)
Hey, thanks for noticing! Yeah, I've had a good year. My hope at the start was to be doing Numbers after the meltoff, but at Paddlefest I ran it at 1800. Scared me out of my mind, but then I started to get over fright a lot more after that.

I say lots of prayers to the river gods when I paddle something hard, telling them I know they're in charge, and I'm just an unworthy bit of flotsam on their water, and I ask them to help me out when they can, and not punish me when I screw up.

One more run down Gore, and I'm ready to call it a season, man. I'm still trying to soak in that it was actually me in that boat.

I know gh will accuse me of blowing the following with my gratitude:
1) Pyranha and the Burn. I've actually named that boat, and kiss it fairly regularly (no tongue)
2) Otterbar Kayak School, which I attended this year.
3) gh
4) the guys of Pikes Peak Whitewater who promised to catch my yard sales when I stepped up. So far, haven't really needed their services, but hey, I plan on running Gore and Tunnel next time.
 

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Things I learned at Gore this weekend:

1) the Professor is harder than the sneak.
2) Gore Rapid is pretty deep in places (see #1)
3) Tunnel at 1200 goes fine with or without a boof.
4) even when it looks like someone just got decapitated by the Tunnel rock, they will reappear (probably with their head still on).
5) If you run the right side of Toilet bowl, watch out for the FU rocks below the main drop.

Good times this weekend- can't wait to go back!
 

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Hehe. Congrats on your first Gore run. My first time down there was a couple weeks ago, and I'm not really a good enough boater to be running that (almost, not quite). Lessons learnt my first time:
1) If you can't hear or understand when someone's describing the lines to you, ask for clarification (Kayaker's Nightmare, ran dead centre into the hole).
2) If people are telling you you are going to screw up, you shouldn't always listen to them.
3) No matter how sensible it is to walk a rapid, I will always feel bad afterwards for doing so.
 
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