Kayak log: Upper Clear Creek 2009-07-07

Posted by Andy on July 08, 2009

Date: 2009-07-07 6:30pm

Run: Upper Clear Creek (Kermitt’s to mile marker 260.6)

Flow: 550cfs

Class: IV

Temperature: Warm

Buddies: Fino

Description: This was my first run down Upper Clear Creek.  The first two drops (beaver 1 and 2) were fun and not too difficult.  The first one was more straight-forward.  We scouted this one before running – left of center, there is a pillow of water that builds up.  A good line is to basically try to get on top of the pillow and ride it all the way down, and miss the hole at the bottom.  We didn’t scout beaver 2, so we just made a best-guess line.  I went over a small drop on the left, and rode the tongue down to the bottom.  At the bottom there is a wall-like pillow of water on the left, which unexpectedly flipped both Fino and I.  Next time, I’ll be ready.  After that, there was some bony boogie water, leading up to the biggest rapid on the run.  Fino and I thought that this large drop was called “Cabbage Shredder,” but after looking at CRC and WWSR tonight, I think it actually was “Double Knife.”  We were thinking Double Knife was the last big rapid on the run, but I think that’s actually called “Terminator.”  Anyway, the first major rapid was definitely the hardest.  There is a nasty shelf pour-over at the top on the right.  We both took the left line at the top and worked to the center and right near the bottom, avoiding some nasty, sharp rocks and holes.  After that, there was some more boogie water, finally leading up to what I guess is Terminator.  This rapid has a large boulder on the right at the top, and another large boulder at the bottom on the left.  A large hole develops at the bottom left, but can be easily avoided (this must be the terminator hole.)  The rest of the run is easy class III-.  The takeout is a large asphalt pullout at mile market 260.6, but it seems like you can go quite a bit further before Blackrock starts.

Overall, it was a fun run.  I’d say it’s a little more white-knuckle than Lower CC, due to the nasty rocks, and larger drops, but less continuous class IV compared to LCC.

Carnage:  Rolled at beaver 2 (pillow wall got me), but cleaned the rest.

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