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East Branch Pemigewasset

Thursday May 9, 2024
Kayak: Paul Carlile, Maddie Clark, Tony Shaw
Organizer: Tony Shaw
Difficulty: int-adv WW
Level: medium
Gauge (ft): 5.9
Gauge (cfs): 950
Author: Tony Shaw

950 cfs is a pretty sweet level for the EBPIMO. After leaving a car at the Lincoln Family Park (behind the fire station in North Woodstock), we stopped on the bridge to Loon Mt to agree on our intended lines above and below the bridge. There was little appetite for carrying upstream above the footbridge at Lincoln Woods, so we put-in there. The Hancock USFS campground was nearly empty, likely because it had been cool and rainy most of the previous week. The 5 day rain total reported in Woodstock (USGS) was 1.4 inches. Notoriously flashy, the EBP had spiked to nearly 4000 cfs after Sunday's soaking rains.

The 3 of us were perfectly happy with 950 cfs today, "non-threatening" (Paul's words) but plenty continuous and plenty splashy. We set safety at the abandoned dam site and all ran the sneak route river left without incident. The 2 big holes in the middle there looked nasty (and so did one or two other holes along the way). We completed the 6+ mile run in around 2 hours end-to-end.

Little sun or wind, and no one else on the river, with the temperature around 50 degrees. Stopped at "Big Cones" in Wells River, VT on the drive home, where $3.50 buys a medium waffle cone that is a meal in itself. Don't even THINK about ordering a large!

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