Mitchel Amos, Mike "Willie" Christie, Hugh Croll, Ken "Nanook" Corbett, and I had a fun run down the Keswick river yesterday.
We started at the Haystack bridge off the old Valley Forest Products road behind Crabbe Mountain and ran out to Upper Stoneridge. The Narrows Mountain Brook gauge was reading 5.6 and falling. There was enough water for a run, but I think it would still work a bit higher and a bit lower. We were on the water 5-6 hours I think, but we didn't rush. Floated like these ducks for a good while.
We went over a few drops early on, Ken having the only issue when he tried to catch an eddie. Then we stopped for lunch.
After lunch there were some bad sweepers that were hard to avoid, impossible in fact for Mike to avoid, so he went a little swim.
We then got to a drop where I attempted to film seated in my kayak. The video's not great, but here it is anyway.
There were a few full stream sweepers that required a portage
While not the hardest run in the world, the upper keswick never allows you to relax and float lazy. There's always some danger to watch out for. An easy start, then building rips, then some drops, then more rips, then a bridge and a lunch break, then rips mixed with nasty sweepers until the end. The December floods left lots of fresh wood piled here and there and everywhere so at least you'd have no trouble finding firewood.
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2011 9:45:03 GMT -5 by ryanward10