This is just a heads up about a new piece of wood in the warm up rapids on the Wind River. Our trip today encountered a log in the last class II-III rapid immediately above the confuence with Trout Creek. This is the short ledgy rapid just above the long shallow, bending rapid that leads to Initiation. This log was not there three days ago.
The log is broached on the two rocks that create the center line of the rapid, and extends three quarters of the way across the river. The far left channel is open. You could slide over the log on the right side into the right channel. The middle channel is ugly. The log is hiding behind the first ledge, just high enough above the water for a kayak to slide under it. The pin would be bad. It’s not easy to see, especially if you aren’t paying attention.
The log is super hazardous, primarily because it is in a mellower section of river. It is really hard to see until you are right on it, and it’s definitely a spot where you might not be super focused on the rapid coming up. I was floating at the rapid messing with my pogies, talking to the rafters next to me. I caught an eddy just above the piece of wood while the raft parked on top of it. If I had not caught the eddy, I would have been in trouble.
Kayakers will have no problem running to the left. Just be aware and don’t float down the middle messing with your pogies. At today’s water level, a raft could charge it and teeter totter over. Any lower and that wouldn’t work. Experienced rafters shouldn’t have any issue with the left line. With our commercial rafts (4 loads), we lined on the right.
That’s it. Not a big deal if you’re paying attention. However, be on the lookout. It could sneak up quickly.
OK, that’s it for the heads up. Back to the Wet Planet Saturday night dinner …