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Account Winnie's Rapid is the first one you'll approach and one of the only rapids where the easiest scout is on the right. The big boulder in the center is the obvious obstacle to avoid. When rowing watch out for shallow rocks on the river right side. Bumping off these rocks will push you onto the big boulder. On the topo map (Dinosaur National Monument Rivermpas) you'll see an elbow bend in the river before the marking of this rapid on the map. Be sure to catch the eddy on river left in the elbow turn. A trail on river left leads you along the rapid for a good scouting view. The rapid can be run down the center, avoiding the rocks on either side, especially those hiding under the surface on the left. While you're out scouting this rapid, go ahead and scout downstream. While the map makes it seem like there is a distinct distance between Upper Disaster and Lower Disaster there is actually a "Middle Disaster." STAY LEFT and READ the WATER! This section is quite technical. Also the right side can be quite dangerous. A group we launched with found trouble at this spot, flipping three oar rigs and landing one of them on a rock for 4 hours. You'll notice there are no pictures for Middle or Lower Disaster. We had good intentions to scout, yet the rapids came upon us before we knew what was really happening. The map (Dinosaur National Monument Rivermaps) marks a Class III, Harp Falls, before Triplet Falls. However, at this low water level, we never noticed any rapid before Triplet that could be deemed a Class III. You'll see the post for Triplet campsite just before you hear the rapid. As the name indicates, Triplet consists of three drops. Again, this rapid can be scouted river left, and run with a sequence of Center, Right, Left, respective of each drop. The first drop has some sneaky rocks hiding under the surface, but with some good river reading skills a raft should be able the thread the rocks down the middle. The second drop has a beautiful tongue to follow. Move left for the last drop and avoid the rock on river right. The run out for the rapid seems a little shallow. Have your eyes scouting for the best channel to follow. Third drop + run out. Winnie's Rapid is the first one you'll approach and one of the only rapids where the easiest scout is on the right. The big boulder in the center is the obvious obstacle to avoid. When rowing watch out for shallow rocks on the river right side. Bumping off these rocks will push you onto the big boulder. SCOUT on Left. You'll definitely hear the roar of this rapid before seeing the drop. It is the most notable rapid on this section. The scouting trail gives you a great view of the first section of the rapid, but be sure to scout below the bigger part of the drops, as the run gets rocky and the action in the drops happens really fast. The first part of this drop brought the most carnage for our duckies on this trip, 5 of 9 taking a swim on this one. The rafts had exciting runs as they all washed up on Lucifer, the pillow rock after the first drop. When rowing, I found little time to make any move between the first drop and Lucifer. It seems to be a good idea to intentionally ride the pillow rather than to try and avoid it. After Lucifer, the deepest channel was on the left; we know that now after two rafts got hung up on the center rocks in the lower half mile. At even lower water levels, Lucifer is quite mischevious. An OARS guide said that at 600cfs he got his rig pinned there there three hours. Have fun! Moonshine rapid comes before SOB. It's worth scouting on the left as there are some weird rocks in the last drop that you would want to avoid. But for the most part, the rapid is pretty easy to run, center then right at the end. SOB is a technical little guy, worth a scout (left) mostly to avoid ugly rocks in the middle of the run. At the top of the rapid is a small boulder in the center of the river. Once you've passed the rock, pull right and then manuever around to hit the channel on the right.
Time 2007-07-15 20:00:00 GMT
Reported Date July 2007
River Reported Green
Reported Level 845cfs Low
Winnie's Rapid Class II
Photo of Gates of Lodore First Rapid by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
Winnie's Rapid Class II
Photo of Gates of Lodore First Rapid by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
SOB Rapid
Photo of SOB rapid by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
Triplet Falls third drop
Photo of Third Drop by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
Triplet Falls first drop
Photo of First Drop by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
Upper Disaster Falls
Photo of The drop at Upper Disaster by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
Hell's Half Mile
Photo of The first 1/4 of the half mile by April Lewandowski taken 07/15/07 @ 845cfs
author of album April Lewandowski Details

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