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Upper Pemigewasset

Thursday May 6, 2004
Participants:
Kayak: Ed Clark
C1: Alden Bird
Organizer: Ed Clark
Difficulty: advanced WW
Level: low boatable
Gauge (ft): 4.34
Gauge (cfs): 1130
Author: Alden Bird

The Upper Pemi runs for three miles through Franconia Notch New Hampshire.

This river is WILD! I mean, I was laughing down this thing. I couldn't believe how cool it was the whole way down. I wont ruin the surprise by describing rapids -- suffice to say, it's exciting!

We had some carnage. This river is friendly, but very challenging. Ed took his first swim of the year in a sticky hole. I pitoned off a falls and ripped out my thigh straps. Fortunately a little work had us both going again. This is a river trip you would not want to abandon.

This is the coolest river I have ever done. Hands down. Life is a novel thing in Franconia.

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