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Cleaning AF = sisyphean?

Post by wasatchbill on Sun 12 Sep 2010, 2:15 am

I looked this up to make sure I was remembering the definition of "sisyphean" correctly.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus
Sisyphus
In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king punished by being compelled to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity...

The word sisyphean means, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, "endless and unavailing, as labor or a task."
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I remember Daniel A posting that the high spring runoff changed AF alot, stuffing the lower AF "Squiggles" cruxy section with logs, and changing (eliminating??) Goat Boof. But seeing is believing (or seeing is understanding, something like that).
WWOOWW!!!
Squiggles is stuffed with a dozen logs; reminders of high water levels and huge unseen forces. The left side of Goat Boof is a large gravel bar now. It looks like a riverwide log pinned on the center rock, collected more logs into a dam, then the floodwaters piled dump-truck-loads of gravel onto it on the left. Right looks possible, but a tighter landing.

Carnage Corner: the boof landing is now a massive, tight woody dam any beaver would be proud of.

Drive-by scouting all the way up to Tibble Res, my general impression is that a number of large riverwide log jams that I considered permanent, completely blew out. Probably a multi-decade high water event. A hundred (hundreds? of) logs have washed from the upper, down to somewhere in the lower sections; or right on out to the valley for most of the 4 foot sections. The Upper AF section does not look so bad actually. Much of the wood is gone from the upper. "Below Tibble Res" did not look that bad either. Did anyone else paddle this last spring, aside from Scott and me? That has to be a record for amount of wood removal (40 large??), for limited runs (2 total??) before the wood washed in again.


So, cleaning AF: endless? yes. Unavailing (useless, fruitless, futile)? No!!!

Two approaches come to mind: top down, and bottom up.
Top down: There is a new riverwide log jam above Sawmill that would be a good starting point for the top down approach. Downstream from that log jam has relatively little wood for a half mile or so, in fact many riverwide logs are gone in the Upper Middle section as well. Many of the logs I saw today could be hauled out by hand with minimal cutting. There is a really fun-looking cascading series of small drops through here, which hopefully would be in the IV+ range at lower flows (50 to 80?).

Bottom up: work up from the mouth of the canyon. Sooner or later, this will lead to cleaning Squiggles, which would open up the majority of the "Lower AF" run. Sometime after the Ogden race, I'd be up for working on a Sisyphean Squiggles chainsaw carving extravaganza ;-).
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Post by afaust on Tue 14 Sep 2010, 8:56 pm

I could probably devote some time to cleaning up AF canyon. I drove up there today with my wife and there is plenty of wood to be removed. Most appears fairly simple, but at least three spots look like fairly hefty time consuming cleanups.

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Post by Guest on Thu 16 Sep 2010, 11:54 pm

I'd down to clean up some river - sadly i havnt been in my boat for about a month... I wear the cone of shame
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Post by Cap'n RedBeard on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 12:24 am

bill, call me when you come down. climbing/cleaning combo.

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Post by wasatchbill on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 2:27 am

Climb n clean sounds good!
Lets get on the rock Cap'n Redbeard - Sat? Sun?
A photo is worth a thousand words... its all very cleanable in my book... with a group effort...
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=240734&id=626163686&l=4c59e2d8c7
Carnage Corner before the wood moved this spring:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=626163686&v=app_2392950137#!/video/video.php?v=433803768686

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Post by afaust on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 3:33 pm

What time tomorrow?

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Post by wasatchbill on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 4:13 pm

We are gonna paddle the Ogden from Pineview down on Saturday, meeting at 1 PM at Rainbow Gardens footbridge over the river.

How about Sunday for an AF cleaning/climbing day? 11ish would be good for me.

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Post by afaust on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 4:20 pm

I won't be able to make it to AF, but I would love to show up to paddle the Ogden if you are willing to show me the lines through the narrows.

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Re: Cleaning AF = sisyphean?

Post by wasatchbill on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 4:22 pm

Sure, no problem! We can scout and clean some spots first. Could do the lower half to work into it also.

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Post by Timmay on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 4:56 pm

Do you mind if I join you for at least the Pineview section? I don't think that I am quite ready for the Narrows but would love to paddle the Pineview section again.

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Post by wasatchbill on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 5:03 pm

No problem; we can have a takeout car at the Indian trailhead; or a takeout at the Alaskan Inn would make it III- ish ; but still low and a bit rocky.

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Post by Guest on Fri 17 Sep 2010, 5:53 pm

Tim, you would be good to go on the narrows. It is less tchnical and more abusive and constant then Joe's(at current flows). At these flows it is just boulder bouncing. Biggest thing to focus on is making sure you keep your nose straight at the wall drop, but any line will do.


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Re: Cleaning AF = sisyphean?

Post by afaust on Sat 18 Sep 2010, 12:19 am

Sadly I just found out my wife already had plans for us in the afternoon tomorrow so I won't be able to make it. I do however plan to show up to support the race next week. I will be on the spanish fork in the morning if anyone is interested.


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Post by Timmay on Sat 18 Sep 2010, 10:37 am

Where is the Rainbow Gardens footbridge?

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Post by wasatchbill on Sat 18 Sep 2010, 2:38 pm

Its the newer bike path footbridge over the river, near the Rainbow Gardens restaurant. There is plenty of parking on Ogden Canyon road side.

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