was a good thing I had heard nothing about this run prior to putting
on. According to most available beta it's a terrible run. We had a flow
of 1,200 on the standard
gauge, and a three hour window
to get Taylor
to work on time. When we met at Bridgeport I assumed it would be a
to Bridgeport run,
but Justin Patt had many laps on Purdons under his belt and felt
confident in our ability to route through the run. "Downstream of
Purdon's Crossing to highway 49 is a gnarly class V+ run
with many entrapment points and not all that much fun stuff." - CaCreeks.
From the put in I
was surprised at how consistent and big the rapids
were, perhaps because we were paddling through all the pools too. I was
also grinning ear to ear as we bombed through multiple boulder gardens,
linking classic boofs and lots of hole punching. As you get
into the run, a large pool leads into this rapid on a
bend and marks the beginning of a steeper section filled with large
rapids. Good large rapids, more great linked moves.
Justin Patt with flows
Looking back up at the
same rapid, which has a sneak route via a river
first day all the rapids
blurred together, but on the whole the
river is filled with big fun boulder gardens, until the remains of an
old dam that yields a good boof on the left, or if you are feeling
bold, a stout line in the main channel.
Justin Patt boofing
left over the dam.
Will Pruett boofs the
from the dam...this is what the run is all about,
steep granite boulder gardens.
About two thirds of
the way through the run is a rapid to take note of.
Some years it's a portage, yet other times it will fill in, opening up
a boof down the center. Granted this boof is right over the sieve, so
like the rest of the run, stay in your boat at all costs.
Scott Ligare squeezing
over at 900, a minimum flow for both the run and
getting through this narrow notch. It cleans up into a nice boof at
Eric running the ever
changing rapid, good gradient downstream.
Will Pruett runs the
same rapid at 1,500cfs.
our first trip down we
did manage to make it through both runs in an
exhausting three hours. Corner Pocket was still the most stressful drop
of both runs. I've done the runs at flows from 900-2,400 and thought
900 was perfect if you were going in for your first time, and I
wouldn't go in too much higher than 1,600 again, although oldschoolers
at 3,000 in long boats.
At high flows it
deserves a V+ rating, while personally
I'd rate it class V, on par with Golden
medium high flows, but with more sieves. It has also been run much
lower, but I wouldn't touch it with less than 900.
character of the run dictates that swimming is to be avoided at all
costs, there are a lot of underwater sieves, but provided you stay in
your boat this run is very, very fun, it delivers a lot of goods in a
half day run, and makes for a nice quick one day when linked with 49 to
Bridgeport. I consider the run a classic and go back to it time and
Take out at Bridgeport
or Highway 49, either are easy to find. Put in
at Purdons Crossing, easy to find with this Google