California Trip Report '07
Summer '07 is game-time for researching the River Gypsies' Guide - our first stop is California to check out some Sierra classics. Here's the report:
We fell into a good rhythm of moving downstream with as much boat scouting as possible, and one person out for scouts and signals when we couldn't see from the boats. We made good time, but unfortunately I didn't end up having time to set up for any photos. Jim Barrett had a waterproof camera in his pocket, though, and got a few shots in there.
The thickest part of Generation Gap is a short class V section known as the Dream Gap. This section has some really big rapids due to huge boulders fallen down the canyon walls, and constricts into a slightly scoutable but unportageable gorge at the end. We walked most of the Dream Gap due to the junky look of it at low water, but had to put in and give the last drop a go after getting a semi-scout from a perch on the canyon wall high above.
We arrived at the takeout REALLY tired at 7pm, and started the super steep 1.5 mile hike up to the van. We arrived at the top totally exhausted to find Jim's wife pulling in with fresh hot pizza. Big thanks to Lindsay for the drop-off at the put-in and the dinner assist on Generation Gap!!