I know of a group that de-rigged and rope hauled an oar framed raft out in the 80's. Re-inflated and continued.
There is a protrustion(if that's the right word) of land that causes a lateral that pushes you toward skull hole. Basic move is to pull left and break the lateral. I didn't do so well on 6/4 and flirted with the left side of skull hole, eventually had to stop ferrying and pulling left, square up and dig my oars in. Quite a big wave to say the least, was a pretty thrilling ride!Since iam the guy learning everything from the internet… isn’t there a bad sieve river left at skull rapid? Iam asking because I want to not regurgitate bad info
Coronavirus pretty much killed the volunteer ranger program at West water, that and ranger Bobby.. my last year there was 20/20 if memory serves and I have been doing it for 20 years. I've run down with many a private boater, especially in high water with people that were hell bent on going, but didn't have the experience to do it safely by themselves.. very good possibility I ran down with you...MNichols, when did you last ranger there? You look familiar and kinda like a ranger I ran down with many years ago, say, 2008/2009ish
That was... not my experience.When I used to ranger there, I would tell people to try and hit the lateral as low as you possibly can, and if you don't break it just keep rowing.. I've been bounced out into the middle on more than one occasion, and as long as you're still rowing for the left wall you can drag the bow of your boat right over skull hole, and row right into the eddy
That sounds like Arlo.. I never partied when I was on a patrol trip, against the rules for one thing, and for another, it wouldn't do for someone to need my help, and me being unable to provide it, especially in a boat with BLM on the sides in big black letters!Cool man! Yea, the guy we ran down with was a volunteer, and actually ended up partying with us quite a bit, before and after the rapids. If memory serves correctly, I believe he wore an old-school style high float PFD and that particular trip water was up around 16k. The ranger was solo rowing but I cannot remember the craft. Could've been you!
Definitely agree with breaking through low. I ran it at about 15.5K this year and hit the lateral too high, failed to break through and got typewritered back to the middle. Still managed to pull left of skull hole, but there was a lot more suspense than I'm usually looking for.When I used to ranger there, I would tell people to try and hit the lateral as low as you possibly can, and if you don't break it just keep rowing.. I've been bounced out into the middle on more than one occasion, and as long as you're still rowing for the left wall you can drag the bow of your boat right over skull hole, and row right into the eddy
If it was your gear of considerable value, wouldn't you want some capable and considerate person/s able to extricate it, to make every effort to return it to the rightful owner?