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Old March 10th 04, 10:20 PM
Colin Masters
 
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I have some questions about the middle Fork I did it in 1997. My
trip leaves on June 27th. What will the water levels be at in c.f.s.?
Also, is there a web site where I can get rapid by rapid
descriptions? Thanks for any help. Colin

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Old March 11th 04, 03:15 PM
Chris Webster
 
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Colin Masters wrote:
I have some questions about the middle Fork I did it in 1997. My
trip leaves on June 27th. What will the water levels be at in c.f.s.?


No one can tell you exactly, but they are having a near average snow
pack, so go to the USGS web site and look at the average for that time
period.


Also, is there a web site where I can get rapid by rapid
descriptions?


I doubt it. Doesn't Belknap have a map/guide for this river? Well
worth it.

--Chris
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Old March 11th 04, 05:35 PM
John Q Adams
 
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Except for fireside reading, I can't see why a trip with Class 3 to 3+
kayakers should need a rapid by rapid guide. Ever hear of overwinter
rockfalls? You should NEVER run a blind rapid without scouting along the
edges until you can see all the way down the rapid. For practice, even with
more experienced kayakers along, it is best to do your own scouting.

The Middle Fork is powerful, in many places the current will help movement
into and out of eddies and aid crossing the river quickly - or hold you
back, changing direction over 2 or 3 minutes or so. There are places the
river will "help" you toward - even when you don't want to go. But with a 2
or 3 minute wait will push you just the way you want.

Bu the way, take all the hot spring dips you can - they are available only
part of the way down. And walk the trail along the river in the early
morning - lovely scenery and even mountain goats climbing or descending
across the trail - on river right, as I recall.

I envy you.

John Adams

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I have some questions about the middle Fork I did it in 1997. My
trip leaves on June 27th. What will the water levels be at in c.f.s.?
Also, is there a web site where I can get rapid by rapid
descriptions? Thanks for any help. Colin


Colin,

We drew an August 17th start on the MF Salmon. You have a lot of
resources. Go to Amazon, there are several detailed guides. Western
Whitewater by Cassidy and Calhoun also has a lot of details. Also
look for Vince's Idaho Whitewater Page at
http://www.myweb.cableone.net/rafter/main.htm - He has a bunch of
links and resources.

Let me know what it is like.

Randy





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