October 21, 2007
Double Dip Trip
Paddlers: K1-Lee, MC,
Mitchell, Mickey, Art; OC1-Chip Walsh
Water Level: Nice, ~
Shuttle First run, to Masemore
Road. 2nd run, to Lower Lot.
This was my first time on the Gorge and I loved it. While short,
it has clear, cold water and several fun and challenging rapids.
I once had a local tell me that canoes can't make this run. Why,
I asked. "Is the streambed that narrow?" "No," said the
local kayaker, "but the hike in is so rugged you'd never make it with a
canoe." Well, the carry was a long one, that's for sure,
but it's not that bad.
The last 50 yards is treacherously steep, and I put the canoe on the
path in front of me, grabbed the stern painter, and let the boat slide
down that last pitch with me holding onto the painter. There is a
quarter-mile walk in front of the last pitch to soften you up before
you get there, but that's another matter. At first I thought the
carry was no worse than going down to Anglers, or climbing out of the
Lower GP to Jones Road. Then, after a second trip, I thought, "oh
ya, it's worse." But heck, since we are all in this for the
exercise (wink, wink) the carry is just more work-out to compensate for
the short distance of the run.
|There were so many boaters
out on this Sunday that it made me feel bad for the fishermen.
||This little rapid features
several drops of a foot or more, with some timber constriction, just to
spice it up. During a seamingly long wait for the kayakers to
serially put themselves together and launch off a rock, I walked down
and positioned myself on the rocks with a camera. Not my usuall
OptioWR, but a Canon A-20, a nice camera. It works well when
properly set and I thought I was getting some shots with good
compisition. Sad to say, the little water-mtn icon means
landscape, and I didn't realize it would stretch the shutter
speed. The motion is all blurred.
||Some of the shots came out
interesting, like a little psychedlic thing, but they are largely
ruined from the too-slow shutter.
That's Lee. That wave in the middle would like to toss him
against the wall.
||All a blur. Damn!
Mickey hit the wave at excactly the right spot.
||Mickey must have a steadier
hand. His picture of Chip was better, but still blurred.
||There are more pictures but
they are even worse than the ones I put up. Verrrry disappointing.
Much as I whined about leaving home in the dark, it was nice, if a
little cold, to be out early. We worked the river a bit and were
in no hurry to get finished. I can't speak for all, but I was
having excellent fun. I paddled well enough, but still broached
my canoe at the top of a rapid when it caught on a stick. The
boat was filling with water and I wanted to get it off before it was
all full. I was able to jump across to another rock and pull it
off without even wetting my shoes (not quite true--they were wet when I
left my boat). We reached Masemore road about noon.
When we shuttled back to pick up our cars at the put-in, we met some
GBCC-ers who were getting ready to run shuttle. Mickey and I
decided to join them for GPG round 2. It was shaping up to be a
perfect paddling day, and one time on the alleged "class IV" put-in
trail just wasn't enough!
Bill, Laura and Becky were working the features the way we had on our
first loop. Mickey and I were not quite as enthusiastic, slowly
drifted off the front of the GBCC trio, and were soon on our own.
I came out of the canoe in one of the holes, and Double Drop double
dipped me when I hit that wave on the left side. I had so nailed
that line the first time. Coming into it the second time, I was
trying to remember the second part of the drop, because you don't see
it until you are on top of it. I couldn't remember and just
figured I'd wing it. Woops! And it is true what they say
about that water. It's cold!
And then we were back at the lower lot. My, that is a short run
if you don't work it. Still, way lovely. Many thanks to MC,
Lee, Mitchell, Mickey and Art for showing me down the GPG! It was
a great day. And thanks Mickey for "working through lunch."
Words and Pics by Chip Walsh.
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