Ran this with a buddy 29 May 2011. Gauge 360-380cfs. Upper bit before camp was playful class IV+ boat scouting. Agree this is a good place to get out if you had enough.
After the flatwater and the dam it gorges up. Most horizon lines at that point needed one or both of us out of the boat to scout. Many scouts were not a quick look on the nearest rock (like LL), but a fair walk each time. Bunch of solid class Vs. Made for a long day, 8 hours say. Best with small party since several scouting eddies are small.
Disagree strongly with this being merely boat scouting in the gorged area!
Easier than Lover's Leap? We disagree. Agree it feels more open, as in a bit less canopy cocoon and wider. The quality? Well, it is a bit different than LL but no less satisfying. More river running feel, less technical. Which do you prefer?
Suggest the Leap as the "step-up" run instead. It stays closer to the road without canyon walls in the way of access if the need arises. Any portages would also be easier.
The class V/V+ boater comments in the description, uggh. A playground has class V maneuvers with class I consequences. This is not that place.
We saw and waited for only one bear--not even a grizzly. If you have just come off the Stikine at high water or some such adventure where you could be another animal's food, this may feel like a playground or not overly challenging by comparison. But if you have, you would not likely describe this run with those words on AWW.
My buddy and I hold other runs as more satisfying and challenging than this for whatever that is worth to you. Worth doing once sure. Need to check for wood even if running every day.
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