Sunday, September 4, 2016

Carnage at the Gap - Deerfield River - September 3, 2016

It’s been a while since I had my whitewater boat out, so I headed out to western MA for the dam release on the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River.  I paddled with the CT AMC, and we had a huge group – 19 boats (17 kayaks, 2 canoes).

The release was 800 cfs – low but OK.  By the time we reached the Gap the level was dropping, and I think the Gap is tougher with lower water.  Since the current seemed to be pushing everything left, I didn’t think I would make my usual line hugging the right shore.  Instead, I caught the eddy at the top and tried the left line.  I didn’t have enough momentum going down the shoot and flipped in the wave at the bottom.  I  had plenty of company – here are some of the other runs:


My 50/50 record running the Gap stands secure – 12 attempts = 6 successful, 5 swims and 1 walk.

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