It has been a while since I’ve been out in my whitewater boat, so I decided to test out my cranky knee and do a run with my buddy Paul on the Fife Brook Section of the Deerfield River. It was Deerfieldfest weekend and the Dryway wasn’t running due to an issue with the dam, so there were crowds everywhere.
The day was hot and the Fife Brook Dam was releasing at a medium level – a nice combination. We put in at around 11:00 and began working our way downstream. The crowds at the first few rapids were huge, but eventually we found some space to ourselves. We worked our way downstream and took a break for lunch before running the biggest rapid on this section of the river – Zoar Gap.
My record running the Gap is mixed - 15 attempts with 7 successful, 6 swims and 2 walks. I pulled over above the Gap to take some pictures before running it myself. Once in the Gap, I caught the eddy on the left below the first pour-over, and then went right of “Oh Shit Rock” though the second drop. It wasn’t pretty, but I made it. In this video Paul goes through first taking the left line, then I go through taking the right line.
So my record in the Gap now stands at 16 attempts with 8 successful, 6 swims and 2 walks. Good news on the sore knee – it felt fine. Nothing a little vitamin “I” can’t handle. But I am still going to do the sea kayak training next weekend.
Photos look like a great day! My cell phone is being a bit cranky about the video, but congrats on a successful run. Especially since your OC has more length to catch the Oh Shit rock than my shrimp Innazone 220 did when l got thru erect and in my boat at each end of the Gap. Just a lot less boat to manage than yours.
I just realized that is a heck of a commute for you? I am impressed.