Rouge again -- nice high water
Saturday, April 12, 2003
length: 7.0km, 1 day
organizer: Keith Nunn
participants: Keith Nunn, Peter Farr, Mike Johnson
Water was even higher today than it was three weeks ago and the weather was absolutely glorious. We met at Glen Rouge and dropped a car at Twyn Rivers for the take-out.
A few glitches before we put on the river. I'd managed to leave my pfd in the trunk of my car down at my dad's place. He wanted to wear different shoes so he went to get it. However, I'd plugged in the blower already and dropped the head end in my boat. The blower part is ok, but I need to replace the rest of it. Oh well.
After blowing up my bags with my capacious lungs we set off downstream. Travelling with a long tandem boat again there wasn't a lot of opportunity for playing on the way down, but I made a few opportunities. An absolute blast, I'm really liking this river. The whitewater is almost continuous and at this higher level was basically bouncy class I with a few heading for II with lots of good waves and eddies.
Although we avoided the worst of the sweepers by taking out at Twyn Rivers there were a couple of new ones on the section we ran. One was a tree in the middle of the river, basically upright but with a broken crown, so it was drooping out on both sides. We were able to skirt that one. A bit further downstream is a very large river-wide tree that wasn't horizontal three weeks ago. However, the bank has collapsed and dropped this monster right across the river. I'm going to call the city and hopefully they'll remove it, but it is fairly easily portaged on the right.
I'm sorry I couldn't be with the gang on the Salmon, but I had a great day nonetheless.