First rivers ready?

North of the Alaska Range and south of the Brooks Range
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John N
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First rivers ready?

Post by John N » Mon May 09, 2011 6:03 pm

Anything ready?

I remember running Willow Creeks Guardrail section over Memorial day weekend last year.

Redgate, Echo Bend, Montana, S. Fork E.R, or anything with moving water? I am ready for this season to get started. Regular partner is out till the end of the month. If anyone is interested in some exploratory descents give me a ring: 982-2908

Hatcher Pass
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by Hatcher Pass » Mon May 09, 2011 9:30 pm

Driving to Fairbanks last weekend, saw that Willow was moving with high water, with ice shelves on either side (at the hwy bridge). All the other rivers north had ice dams or ice bridges.

John N
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by John N » Tue May 10, 2011 9:15 am

Thanks for the info Hatcher!

Sounds like perhaps a Redgate run is possible...

RomanDial
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by RomanDial » Sun May 15, 2011 7:05 am

Montana Creek is open at a gauge reading 450 cfs yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX6UbQpRE2E

There's a little ice, but was super fun, if a long drive from Anchorage.

John N
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by John N » Sun May 15, 2011 8:49 pm

Roman,

Can you share any insights about a good
put-in for Montana? I was up there last weekend and found the approaches to the upper to be quite confusing...

Russp17
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by Russp17 » Mon May 16, 2011 7:59 am

I Did a Willow Redgate to Shirley town bridge run yesterday. Water was too low. USGS site had it at 250 CFS. Ended up walking a few of the wider sections due to the low water.

RomanDial
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Re: First rivers ready?

Post by RomanDial » Mon May 16, 2011 4:39 pm

John N.

We just ran the lower canyon. Hike in from the big elbow at Yoder (or drive in 4 WD) to the enormous mud pit. The mud pit's really wide, as 4-wheelers have been going in many different directions -- like five lanes wide. To get here you go to the big elbow in Yoder and take ATV trail left along the south rim of the south fork of Montana Creek. It may be like a mile to this enormous mud pit. At the enormous mud pit, hike down to the creek which is visible from the rim on the edge of the enormous mud pit. There is a bunch of devils club. About 75 yards down stream from where you hit the creek below the enormous mud pit is the first and biggest drop. Scout on river left.

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