Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pemi - Woodstock - April 2, 2016

Route 175 Bridge
They say that whitewater paddling is 40% skill, 5% luck and 90% driving.  I can’t say that I disagree. Mike, Chuck and Tommy were paddling the Blackstone from Singing Dam down to Plummers Landing, but I drove 2 ½ hours up to New Hampshire to paddle the Pemi with the NHAMC instead.

The Pemigewasset originates in Franconia Notch and flows south through the White Mountains to merge with the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin, NH where it forms the Merrimack.  It is a huge watershed that can be a little flashy.  With the rain last week, the level peaked at 2,500 cfs. on Friday, and dropped to about 1,500 cfs. for the trip yesterday – just about perfect.  We had about 16 boats with 9 canoes.

View of Mount Lafayette
We put-in behind the Fire Station (51 Daniel Webster Highway, North Woodstock, NH), and took-out at the Ledges (Death Valley Road at the third Route 175 Bridge, North Woodstock, NH).  This section is mostly quickwater with a couple of easy class II rapids – Woodstock Squeeze, Gravel Pit, Powerline, and the Ledges.  The biggest challenge is to remember to remember to turn around and take in the great views of the White Mountains upstream.

Harry running the Ledges

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