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The goodness that is Murtaugh at 1800

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The goodness that is Murtaugh at 1800

Just ran it Sunday! a total hoot and still moderatly serious though i'm guessing not nearly as choked an pushy as normal flows. but duckblind is big and considerable with a 4+ (perhaps) S turn that has a curler trying to flip on the first turn of the "S".

Killer play wave within the first mile of the run that dwarfs the fun of Idaho connection (at least at this low level). Great retentive chunder pillow at the top. glassy bottom, not too steep so you don't perl in, but pretty committing. Like riverdale in flood, before it blew out except it's far less trashy. shame you have to do the whole run just surf this jem. a noob could attempt a loop on this thing without even knowing what just happened. And for the truly skillful.. . hmmm, where's amanda and steve, they'd freakin love this wave. . . just a foot or so lower in height as Lunch counter at 9k.

The doors 1 and 2 were totally shut down at this level, no flow, but 3 and 4 still looked stout. 3 had a must make boiler in it, crossing below the pourover drops.

Pare-a-dice: The waterfall (hope i've named the correct rapid) that gets up to maybe 9 ft in height, river right, with a 50' wide uniform, straight windowshading drop, looked possibly terminal to never-evers like Chris and I. Chris ran it's sneak, river right, just next to the large 15 ft high monster rock that splits the whole rapid up into two routes. In his Superstar, he had success, where it's not sticky. Immediately flipped once he took 3 or 4 strokes out into the boiling, uniform froth that extends 20-30 feet past waterfall til it hits the stout eddy line from the river left line that sweeps right around the huge rapid splitting 15 ft hi rock island.

I got the intro of my life to unpredictable tight, boat-wide-unreadable-boil-water-everywhere by running the drop that's surrounded on 3 sides, and tight. the one river left of the waterfall's center rock, on the sweeping turn to the right. Chris waited with rope as i dropped in and i definitely had my heart in my throat but after a moment of shock, kept my braces active and ran out the angry, pushy "spit-you-out" line that puts you out where you look up at the waterfall.
Interesting. .. far river right, the 9ish or so foot tall, 50 foot wide waterfall that Chris ran the sneak on, had a burly technical drop that was actually flushing. Far river right. would need a scout out of the boat first to see what you getting into.
For the brave or the foolish, you could run it and do well with the requisite skills. (Above my pucker/skill level).

A fun run! highly recommended - 1800 cfs. Stout class 4 even at this level.; with two 4+ drops at par-a-dice and duckblind, I would submit, in my limited years of kayaking.

For the truly nutty, a tandem canoe run with all the appropriate float bags and two very experienced class 4 paddlers would be a total hoot with definite swamps and spills and portages. . .. but us Utarrds don't seem to get into that much like my family does back in Minnesnowta. Holler if there's any interest in warming up on easier fare up on staircase or the main in the payette.
Paradice, duck blind, and one unnamed 7 ft. drop at the end of the whole run, would be tough to clear but conceivably do-able with practice.

Hope this write up was entertaining and/or helpful to low volume Murtaugh'ers. cheers.
Good times. . .

Last edited by telekopter2 on Tue 14 Aug 2012, 11:39 pm; edited 1 time in total


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Post on Tue 14 Aug 2012, 12:33 am by wolffgramm

nice!!! thanks for sharing. i think i'm heading that way!!

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