Good gosh, what a hole!!!! - Trip Report – June 8, 2011 Doug Grosjen
Just got off, pulling out at Pierce Ferry yesterday (07jun2011). Had a blast! I piloted / rowed an 18' Maravia oar raft through all the rapids after Phantom, which is where my mentor hiked out (as arranged beforehand). I'd never piloted a raft on real whitewater before, let alone an oar rig. I had my doubts, but when crunch time came, I had clean runs through nearly everything . As a seasoned kayaker with many high-water runs on the New River Gorge, only Lava Falls was amazing whitewater to me. And it was AMAZING to me. Good gosh, what a hole!!!! But ... the hiking, geology, photography, and drawing (waterproof paper and space pen) opportunities were incredible . I couldn't keep a digital camera charged with the small Brunton charger I had, but I also had film cameras, including panoramic camera. I shot about 25-30 rolls of film, plus a couple hundred digi-images, plus drew a couple dozen drawings. My wish-list on getting back to civilization was a cold drink with ice, and a hot shower with real soap, hold the sand. Currently on Amtrak train in Albuquerque. NM, on the way back to Ohio.
Doug Grosjean Pemberville, Ohio