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A Cold Moose

Saturday Apr 17, 2010
Participants:
Kayak: Jim Poulin, Jamie S., AJ Seibel
Open Canoe: Brock Richardson
Organizer: AJ Seibel
Difficulty: nov-int WW
Level: low boatable
Gauge (ft): 5.40
Gauge (cfs): 330
USGS Gauge Name/Link: Moose River @ Victory
Author: AJ Seibel

4 Degrees above freezing really makes the hardiest boaters come out. Questionable rain and flows threatened to cancel the trip, but Old Man Winter somehow let out just enough snowmelt from the previous few days of accumulation to bring the Victory stretch of the up to a low 5.4' runnable level.

The trip this day was mostly class 2, and of course it began to rain after we put on. We played and surfed our way down the river, taking in the scenery and noting an unfortunate broken canoe on the way down during a quick rest and stretch. The low water caused mystery rocks to appear form nowhere, flipping an unsuspecting OC-1 in unusually calm waters. Had to have been a rock. Or one of those darn kayaks darting in and out of his way.

We all had a great time in the cold drizzle of the NEK, adding another river to the list for Brock and Jim. A cold long trail ale closed the day on the backroads of a great lesser paddled run.

Til next time!

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