Just did the lower at around 430 cfs. Great fun! You wouldn't guess it but the river is plenty deep in most places. Hells gates is alittle dry. So is Sieve City. Brink becomes the hardest rapid, At least thats what I felt. Has one must make move then it's cake. Comming Home is a mandatory portage.
Some More on guage and other changes New
Re: Lower Meadow Warning hydraulic New
Re: Hey Bryan about the gauge ShawnMc New
Date: Dec 14 2003, 4:25 GMT
Hey Shawn, JB here. I talked to Todd Richendollar some about the gauge, and he said he hadn't been out there and checked it, but we all agreed today that the Guage is reading low.
Bryan and I agreed to post this info once or twice more to get the word out to non fayettevillains
-The bulk of the rearanging seems to be cobble sized stuff, which has deepened up some drops and shallowed others.
Some large rocks have moved though.
-The change in Coming Home is big. the eddy level in there today looked the same as it use to at like 400 cfs. Except we figure it was 1400 or 1500 cfs. we were pretty far into the drop before we saw the log, so I think it is important to let people know about both the log and the new seive in the eddy, so that no-one accidentally commits and get screwed.
-The main entrance to Seive City (drop immediately below coming home) has opened up, plus the boof ledge in the drop below Seive City has gotten significantly taller, and today it had a 3-4' high boil downstream of it. weird looking. felt funny to me. numerous other little things have shifted around in boogie rapids, nothing big, but noticeable.
-Todd suggested that Sliding Board hadn't changed but that it was just high, making the hole grabby. Luke was able to drive hard left and skip over it on a tounge coming down that side. I'll have to see it sometime at lower water to know for sure.
My last run was in Sept 2004 @ 1000CFS. I believe the drop is called Landslide, or is just after a landslide on the left. There used to be a rock that made a good boof in the left center at the bottom of the drop. It now seems to have been turned up, making more of a clamshell. All nine of us made it over, with one scary close call. We didn't have the ability to wave off those behind us. I can only imagine this rock would be much more dangerous at lower levels. We chose the right channel on subsequent runs.
The ideal level is from 1000cfs down to 700cfs. Under 700 the river gets small but is still tons of fun, and over a 1000 the undercuts are better padded out but you are looking at really pushey water. Most mortals consider 1500 the max but there is always a few out there that have made runs over 2500 cfs. The gauge is now reading low. Most people tend to agree that you have to add 150 cfs to the gauge now.
420-700: Slow but fun.
700-900: Fun level, Feels more like a creek.
900-1500: Gettin scrary! Pushy!
1500-?: You must be crazy!(or really, really good.)
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Double Undercut from below
Hells Gate - view of rapid from the bottom left
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The cave in Comming Home
Commin Home main line
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Mama I'm Coming Home!
After Coming Home...
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