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Hudson Gorge

Sunday May 16, 2004
Kayak: Jamie Dolan, David Hill, Phil Marshall , John Pandolfo, Frank Wells
Open Canoe: Eric Bishop, Tony Shaw
Organizer: Tony Shaw
Difficulty: int-adv WW
Level: medium
Gauge (ft): (with the
Gauge (cfs): (with the
Author: Tony Shaw

Jamie Dolan

The Indian River is ALWAYS III+. But at 4 feet before the bubble the Hudson Gorge is by and large II-III not III-IV. Still, the holes can impede your progress if you let them. The day began overcast but turned out gorgeous. A slight tailwind helped us onward and kept the blackflies from eating us alive.

In the Paddle Talk/Paddle Pix area I posted a photo of 4 kayakers in our group making their way down "the Narrows", which was the most turbulent rapid we encountered. For three of the four pictured this was their first descent of the Gorge and they all loved it, including John Pandolfo who (remarkably) has been whitewater kayaking for less than a year.

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