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Account There is a long lead in to the first rapid which at normal flows requires a fair amount of manuevering in a boulder garden. The 1st rapid proper can be entered on river left which requires an "S" turn around a large ledge hole, or right down the middle off of a smaller ledge. The second drop consist of a 3' ledge drop that lands on a slide that drops another 8-10'. This rapid is fairly straight forward. This is the view from one of the eddy's above the rapid. This rapid is more technical at lower flows. A great boof off of the middle of the ledge is available at this flow and above. This is a long rapid with an approach that takes you either left or right around an island. The left channel has a great autoboof at low water and a good ledge boof at higher flows. The final move is a two foot drop into a deep hole. It's fun to melt down into the hole at low and moderate flows, but at higher flows (above 5.5') caution should be exercised because of what lies just downstream. This is a great drop of about 6'. This is also the entry into the gorge and the class 5 waterfall just sixty feet downstream. This drop is also complicated by the undercut boulder at the bottom left of the drop where most of the water is pushing. This is a very technical and "scary" rapid. There are several must make moves before you get to the actual waterfall. There are several boulders below the surface at the bottom of the waterfall and a large cave below the drop on the left. This is considered by most to be a mandatory portage. You can see the waterfall just upstream of this rapid. The small chute on river left is a dangerous pinning area. Running this rapid in the middle risks broaching against the rocks in the run out. This is a good one to wear elbow pads on. The creek splits around an island after the 6th rapid. Both sides are fun. This is the entry to the left side of the island which is an easy boulder garden. This is the boulder garden to the left of the island. It is an easy run down to the backwater of the Potomac River. This low head dam is at the put-in. It has a very sticky hydraulic that shouldn't be played with. When the level of the creek rises to 7', it turns into a beautiful, creek wide, breaking wave.
Time 2003-01-15 20:00:00 GMT
Reported Date Winter 2003
River Reported Difficult Run
Reported Level 5' Low
First rapid, main drop and run out
Photo of Difficult Run, 1st rapid by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
2nd drop
Photo of 2nd drop of Difficult Run by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
2nd drop from upstream
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
3rd drop of Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
4th rapid of Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
5th drop of Difficult Run - Waterfall
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
7th rapid of Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
7th rapid of Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
Low head dam, Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
6th rapid of Difficult Run
Photo by John_E_Sunshine taken 01/15/03 @ 5'
author of album John Alden Details

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