Zach, Jeff, and Elise were in town this weekend. We got on high water black rock and lower CC on Friday night with flows at about 1,000. Things were busy, but everything was pretty managable. We walked Rigo and the narrows, though Alex, who tagged along with us, ran them both. Mr. Bill has quite a bit of stopping power, but it looks like a strong move through the right-hand lateral brings you through pretty well. It's a riverwide hole at this point though.
Black rock boated very smoothly, though the runout becomes long and busy. Lower was fun, though Elbow got huge and managed to flip me and shove me into a wall. Rolled up fine though. Jeff got spit into the same wall.
Saturday and Sunday were spent up on the Poudre. On Saturday Jeff, Zach, Roy and I all ran the Little South Fork of the Poudre at about 2' on the gauge. The run was beautiful, and somewhat wilderness-ey. The beta we had was that there were two gorges that rated about V- at these flows. We went through one gorge early that was solid class IV, and was a good step up from what we had run so far. We figured that was the first gorge, since it was noticeably narrower than the run so far, though it was somewhat overrated. What we thought was the second gorge was busy and pushy, with a big hole that surfed Roy and caused Zach to flip. It stopped me as well, though I was able to keep moving. It would have been nice to have gotten a look at everything, but by the time we realized it was getting steep we were out of eddies. It went well though, and the gorge let up just about where we needed it to.
Things opened up after that, and I figured we were heading for the confluence. Nope. Things narrowed down again, and before we knew it we were in another V- gorge, with a few big-ish moves and big holes. It had a couple of convenient eddies about halfway down on both sides of an intimidating log drop. Everything went smoothly though. Overall, it was a fun run and a nice change of pace from the roadside stuff I've been doing lately.
Sunday was Stevens Down on the Poudre in playboats, at about 5' on the gauge rock. It was my first time in the kingpin in big water for a long time. I got pushed around quite a bit, and spent most of the run trying to stay balanced over my boat and avoid the biggest of the holes. We walked Pineview Falls, which had a pair of big laterals in the middle of it guarding a big hole. I was flipped in cardiac corner, but rolled up in the boily business at the bottom. It was a run that was very good for my boating, but I think I would have had more fun (and definitely been more relaxed) in a creekboat.