Saturday, April 15, 2006


Maggie at Wonder Falls

After a nice run on the Tygart we were ready for something higher gradient. Mark was really hoping for the Top Yough but the level wasn't too great looking and everyone in our group was pushing for the Lower Big Sandy. It was at 5.4, just slightly below the AW minimum. We'd never run it below about 5.9 and were slightly skeptical. But as many people have said they'd run it even lower we decided to go for it. It turned out to be a very nice run and a gorgeous day. We met at Little Sandy's restaurant in Bruceton Mills and split up into smaller groups. I was surprised at the huge crowd there to run the LBS below min but it did look to be the best choice in the area. Mark volunteered to lead a few people down who hadn't been before (Josh from NY, Pete, and Paul). Ian joined us and we had a nice group. The lower level made things less pushy overall but all the rapids and boogie water were still fun. Ian got out and took some sweet pics of us at Wonder Falls.

Mark at Wonder Falls

Everyone got out and scouted Zoom Flume but i decided to just boat scout and found it much easier than normal to get over to the flume on the left and avoid the cheese grater. Very fun.
We all got out and walked Big Splat as always and got some cool shots of rock launches. Overall still a good level and definitely worth running.

Mark at Zoom Flume

Paul at Wonder Falls

Ian doing the rock launch at Big Splat

Mark launching at Big Splat

Maggie at First Island

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Anonymous Pete G said...

Hey Maggie. Looks like you've taken to blogging your trip reports just a tad. Glad you're having a blast running all those rivers.

I like the photos. They're looking pretty good. Just don't be afraid of the flash on those portraits. We can't see your or Mark's faces. :)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maggie,

I really can't wait to be able to join you and everyone else on the river. Our schedules just keep conflicting. Soon and very soon we'll be on the river at the same time! Thanks for all the invites and believe me I'll be able to join you - especially once I get all my movin' in stuff over with! Can't wait for that :)

Love the Blogs - the pics are great, too!


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