Thursday, April 20, 2017

Little Missy on the Schroon River @ 6.9ft





Little Missy (aka. Big Drop) Schroon River at 6.9ft from Mountain Visions on Vimeo.
Running Little Missy (aka. Big Drop) on the Schroon at 6.9 ft. This is a solid class 3 at all levels with a tight slot and keeper hydraulics on both sides. Not a tough rapid, really, but the line has to be spot on or you'll be swimming it. This was pretty high water so I wouldn't be suprised if it was a little more like Class IV. The waves following the drop were some of the biggest we have paddled. At least 4-5ft high. I'm not sure the entire run lived up to expectations, such that they included talk of Grand Canyon like waves (see a description here... http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/whitewater-paddling-the-schroon-river.html ), but at this level it was way above our OC abilities, there was a 10 minute class 3 wave train before this, TEN FULL MINUTES. Definitely a blast to run on air and a goal to be able to run in the OC down the road.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Elephant Rock Rapid (R2)

Elephant Rock Rapid, Dead River @ 3500 cfs.





Elephants Head Rapid from Mountain Visions on Vimeo.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Surfing and Swimming the Lower West River (R2)

Surfing and Swimming the West River from Mountain Visions on Vimeo.
I've become quite adept at finding gentle keeper hydraulics. This benign hole spiced up the lower West River a bit during the first day of 2016 West Fest in Jamaica, Vermont and sent me for a much needed swim. The lower section, between Jamaica State Park and the Route 100 bridge, is pretty tame in a raft, but we wanted to get our dog out and decided to run the lower section with him. One of the main reasons we got the raft was so we could bring him along and the cool thing about whitewater is you don't need class IV water to practice class IV moves. On day two we ran the upper section, which is somewhat technical class III. Although we had no problems with it, I'd be hesitant to bring the dog due to the potential for some technical swims, especially through the Dumplings.