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by Live to Rally
Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River
Replies: 11
Views: 8173

Re: Denali HWY-7mile lake-Eureka Creek-Delta River

Some notes as an addendum to The Doobie's report: 1. As far as I can tell, we went through the same pass (quad 4 on TOPO! USGS map) as Ed Plumb (see that map and report here: http://edplumb.blogspot.com/2008/09/mcclaren-summit-to-eureka-creek.html). The very nice and well maintained ATV trail throug...
by Live to Rally
Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Echo Bend, Eagle River
Replies: 23
Views: 18271

Re: Echo Bend, Eagle River

Our group of four did two laps on Echo Saturday at a little below 3.5'. It was very manageable at this level: slow and nothing very sticky. I wouldn't want to do it much lower as it would be getting bony and too slow for a kick. The entrance rapid has logjam about midway thru it that may be passable...
by Live to Rally
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Re: Granite Creek

To clarify, we went to the forested "knob hill" listed on the map; followed an ATV trail through a marshy, wet meadow which ended at a steep, club-ridden game (or maybe old and overgrown horse) trail; and followed this at times hard to track trail along the south side of a gully to granite creek. So...
by Live to Rally
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Re: Granite Creek

Just checking to make sure we are referring to the same knob. Is this horse trail and canyon from the higher point above tree line to the SE of Eska falls (the obvious point visible while hiking up), or are you referring to the forested "knob hill" which is on the map?
by Live to Rally
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Re: Granite Creek

John, See paragraph three. To elaborate, there's minimal wood that impinges on the creek from the banks, it's easily avoidable (at least for someone competent enough to attempt this float in the first place). I removed a big log that was hung up on boulders in one of the drops. Unless something unex...
by Live to Rally
Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Granite Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Re: Granite Creek

The Doobie and I ran this Sunday, July 27, 2014. With a classic late afternoon start, leaving Jonesville Road at about 4:15, we put in 8ish and were back at the highway by 10pm making for about a six hour trip. We put in just north of Knob Hill, around where the obvious east-west tributary comes int...
by Live to Rally
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 25445

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Not recommended below 5.3-5.4 ship creek gauge. The run doesn't go as clean, especially the triple drop in the middle section.
by Live to Rally
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Willow creek update
Replies: 6
Views: 2345

Re: Willow creek update

That wood is in a really bad place at the end of the drop. You do not want to flip before it or not be poised as intended before this potentially very dangerous spot. I'd highly recommend scouting beforehand. The trees have fallen from above the river right canyon wall where the water flows and cras...
by Live to Rally
Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 25445

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Floated the upper and middle sections this evening (6/26/14). Ship gauge at 5.88 when I left ANC, 5.85 upon return. SoFo was good from just below the rocky moraine below the lakes. The upper section is clean with no portages, just some bony areas, butt scraping, and scooting. Middle section is prett...
by Live to Rally
Mon May 19, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Gravel Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 1612

Re: Gravel Creek

Floated the first 5-6 miles 5/18/14. That stretch was swift Class II with no portaging necessary. My estimate-comparison is that at low-medium levels Gravel Creek is comparable in difficulty to Glacier Creek in Gwood at 26.5' level. Gravels seems to pick up in difficulty slowly and steadily as eleva...
by Live to Rally
Tue May 06, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Lion's Head, Matanuska River
Replies: 11
Views: 5689

Re: Lion's Head, Matanuska River

Lions head was fun for a first float of the season this past weekend. It's running below 2' according to glacier park gauge, but no butt dragging and caribou creek is flowing better than late last summer when lions head was running at about 2.3' - likely due to being constricted from ice and with sn...
by Live to Rally
Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: Upper Upper Willow
Replies: 2
Views: 1395

Re: Upper Upper Willow

*see below for notes on the one nasty, must-portage sweeper of this great run Ran this 9/8 with Willow gauge at 3.4 when leaving Anchorage, 3.76 upon return to Anchorage. Plenty of water, but more wouldn't hurt. To clarify, there's one must portage sweeper, in the upper 1/2 of the float. You will pa...
by Live to Rally
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Dog in Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 10425

Re: Dog in Packraft

During the 2013 McCarthy Creek Packraft Race Monty ran the ~11 mile stretch with a small 40-50lb(?) dog in his boat, a whitewater decked boat but w/o the sprayskirt to fit the dog in the cockpit. The creek is up to class IV but was at low water that day. Neither him nor the dog swam, and as far as I...
by Live to Rally
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 25445

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

Ran SoFo upper and middle sections Thursday and Friday evenings. Ship gauge at ~5.2' Thurs and ~5.25' Fri. Far more forgiving at these levels then when I ran it in the heat of early summer meltdown when Ship gauge was at about ~5.6', but the lines aren't as clean (more exposed to only slightly subme...
by Live to Rally
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: East Fork Eklutna
Replies: 6
Views: 3136

Re: East Fork Eklutna

Ran East Fork yesterday from as far up as seemed legitimately possible. Where the East Fork trail starts climbing the knoll way back in the valley, we bushwhacked a short stretch down to the river then hiked up gravel bars for a bit until it was just too shallow/low volume. While the approach is lon...
by Live to Rally
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Southeast
Topic: Lakina River
Replies: 6
Views: 4398

July 2013 Lakina Report

Our group of seven completed the "Lakina Loop" July 4-6, 2013. Here's the scoop: We hiked the Root Glacier trail to the glacier, crossed the initial moraine and headed NW towards the forest south of Donoho on white ice. Shortly before the southern tip of the forest we headed west, crossing gravel-ic...
by Live to Rally
Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Southcentral
Topic: South Fork of Eagle River
Replies: 68
Views: 25445

Re: South Fork of Eagle River

I ran SoFo (7/1) from as far up as possible in the alpine - with the moraine near the lakes well in sight. Ship Creek guage was 5.58. My first time on the creek. Seemed to be flowing good but still quite bumpy and bouldery. I swam a couple times in the middle section. Took out after the South Creek ...