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Hudson/Hudson Gorge/Schroon (NY)

Saturday May 17, 2003
Participants:
Kayak: Jamie Dolan, Scott Gilbert, Rod Wentworth
Open Canoe: Randy Allen, Mike Fullerton, Andy Meilleur
Organizer: Michael Fullerton
Difficulty: intermediate WW
Level: medium
Gauge (ft): 5.5

A glorious day, warm and sunny with a light breeze. The Hudson was at 5.5' and falling. A couple of the open boats weren't in the right mood for big water so the trip split with the kayaks taking the Gorge and the open boats the lower Hudson. That continued a long club tradition of never pressuring anyone into running something he or she is not really up for.

Report from the K1 group sounds like a fine day with great water and no problems. The OC 1 section had a perfect run on the Lower. Remarkably, there were no other boaters on the river!! We surfed the rock island to death and then headed for the Schroon. Here we saw other boaters, but they were ahead of us and we never actually met. The river was at about 4.8', enough for lots of prime surf spots and low enough for some rocks to appear. We surfed our way down, providing action shots for a group of photographers at the first big drop. The leader even obliged them by not doing a proper high brace and demonstrating an open boat wet exit. It was followed by a textbook self rescue.

A great day, excellent water and no crowding on the river.

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