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Take out on planned route on Obed was blocked off until April 1. Hit much quieter sections of Clear Creek instead. Still a beautiful day. Don't think I flipped once unintentionally.
Second time down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Flipped so many times I felt a bit like hamburger. Played until our arms felt like they'd fall off. Swam twice. Cold and exhausting, but great.
Second time down the Little River, first time for the three amigos. We each flipped a few times but no swimming (too damn cold).
Rachel's first time down the Little River. More swimming than one would like, but still had a great day.
First time down the Ocoee this year for Jenny and me. Biff's second time. We were flipping over like a window shade and had a little collision at Hell Hole, but no swimming and great fun. Seeing Biff surf at HH makes it clear he's getting used to his new boat.
First time down the Cheoah for Jenny and I. Adam's second. Ran the top, middle, and bottom. Release was about 1000cfs plus another 100-200 from the recent rain. This is a very different river. Lots of trees at the top, a 12 ft drop at Bear Creek Falls, and a relentless series of squirrelly rapids at the end. Swimming is not an option.
Adam, Biff, and I tackled the upper Gauley on Sat at low flow. Ran into one raft and was grateful for the suggestions from their fearless leader, Mogul, on shooting the rapids. After intense soul searching at Bob Evans on Sunday morning we opted to do the middle and lower Gauley. Good decision. First, we wouldn't have met John. Second, the holes were still big and hungry on the lower part but the surf spots sweet and sticky. Mmmmmm… <\p>
We all tackled the Little starting below the Sinks. It was a medium flow. Very nice Everyone did the elbow, Adam was so bold he did it backwards. After that Adam, Biff, and I ran the Treemont river, which was a bit scrapy and scary. Jenny took the fab pictures and I lost my boat while getting out on shore. <\p>
|Michael A. Gilchrist
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1610
email: mikeg at utk dot edu