final falls. The ledge at the
right of the first picture ends at
the bottom of this picture.
The next day Jon and I came
back to run it. I think the water was a
little lower. Jon, having no fear of wood, ducked all the log jams and
went straight to the falls where I had hiked down to with my boat. I
was on top scouting and taking pictures and after a quick scout Jon ran
it. This slide pushes to the left into the wall, and Jon found out that
a small underwater ledge also sticks out from the wall. About a half
second after this picture the front of Jon's boat made contact with the
said ledge and he flipped forward and landed upside down in the "pool"
between drops. I honestly thought he was going to get hurt, but in
classic Vengley style he rolled up while dropping over the 6' ledge and
ran the waterfall at the bottom fine. Here he is moments before making
Post carnage I was highly
motivated to be moving right down the slide.
With minimal water flows it was pretty hard, I ended up taking the very
bottom of the slide totally sideways, which actually worked out pretty
well. I think this happened because I was leaning too far to my right
while trying to boof, and landed with my weight on the right. It
enabled me not to piton, and to have great setup time for the ledge,
except I was so flustered I let myself get too close to the left wall
After the waterfall you are right above the Clear Creek portage and
still get to run the last big one again. This is a great way to end a
day on Clear Creek.