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post #11 of 74 (permalink) Old 07-24-2010, 12:58 AM
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not a tiny one either....
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Just got back from my 4th and 5th trip down the Upper Gauley. My group took down 2 T-4 rafts. 2 guys and 2 girls in each. A couple were whitewater virgins (completely aware of and up for the challenge). We made both trips down without incident, mostly. One of the girls in my boat bounced out when we hit a rock sideways. She landed flat on her back, slammed her head pretty good on the rock and slid into the water. She came out fine though!

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Damn! that is some intense hairball stuff....class 5 for sure...nice job on that. Definitely not something you want to take a metal framed gear boat through....
With a good guide and crew it's not bad at all. Hell, some of the first timers thought it had been oversold. Thing is, if you stay in the raft, it's not a bad ride. You fall out and swim one of those Vs and you'll know what's up.

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Yeah, you can run it real smooth, but don't ever take the Upper Gauley lightly. Three deaths in the last month or so, including one on a commercial trip. Things can and do go wrong; the hazards are very real. That said, whitewater is awesome and the Gauley is amazing. Rafted the entire thing this year. The Lower section is definitely worth seeing, but the Upper has more big rapids and less flatwater.

My current whitewater stoke is kayaking the Upper Yough for the first time a few days ago, on one of the most beautiful fall days imaginable. It was fucking sweet, definitely a big step up from anything else I've kayaked. Big thanks to Charles and Ryan for showing me the lines and helping me out when I needed it (I did swim once - on a relatively easy rapid near the end ).
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Very nice!!!

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Yup! Nice photos!
I got into rafting this summer after a friends mom tried to set me up on a blind date with one of the guides.
Did't end up dating at all but I did make some pretty sweet friends through all of it. I made 5 trips up to The Forks, Maine and ran the Kennebec and the Dead River. You're right tho... It is oversold if you STAY in the boat. My first run was a little to my disappointment because I felt safe the whole time. (I have a pretty high tolerance when it comes to fear) But on some of the other trips like hitting a couple class 5's and flipping the raft twice deff was a rush!! More so than sky diving in my opinion. I'm lukcy tho all my trips were "play" runs on my buddies days off and so we got to do some shit that isn't allowed commercially. Scary none the less. If things don't work out and I don't go to Yellowstone next summer I was thinking of becoming a guide. They live the life in the summer.

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Love Maine! The Forks was my introduction to whitewater rafting and the guides/outfitter down there were great.

Just wondering, anyone know of any whitewater in the New England area? I'm focused on whitewater kayaking. I found a resort in North Carolina, I think it's called Natanahay or named similar to that. I was hoping there would be a similar whitewater kayak resort up north.
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Nice thread... and good sweetness, look at Wolf's quiver!

I have friends who are currently guides at the Whitewater Center where olympic training takes place. They've guided all over and are taking me to the Gauley this year. I have minimal experience on the river, but I'm stoked to be getting a Gauley run!
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That looks awesome, Snowolf.

I'm hoping to get some more time in kayaking this summer. I just need to find some money to buy a boat... expensive hobbies!

One of the mountains close by, Wisp, in Maryland, has a whitewater course on top. They also offer clinics, etc. If I can swing a boat-of-my-own, I'll probably look into that.

The Gauley during Fall release is a blast, Music Moves! Looking forward to planning this Fall's trip already...

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Any runs yet?

Just to get some stoke on. I have already gotten runs in on: The Royal Gorge(III+ 650cfs), Canon City, Colorado.... Lower Taos Box(IV- 600cfs), Taos, New Mexico and Cross Mountain Gorge(IV 1600cfs), Maybell, Colorado.

Looking to go into North Gate Canyon next weekend. Then a run on the Encampment section with Damnation ally (V).

Hey Wolf, if you had a smaller boat you wouldn't need that trailer. Heck, you could also run the meat!

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