Trip Report:: Haw River, May 26, 2007
- The trip was the Upper Haw, 6.7 miles from Chicken Bridge to 15-501
Bridge. Put-in was about 10:30 an, takeout ranging from 1 to 2 pm.
We began and ended with a large group of 17 boats and 19 paddlers,
ranging in age from 5 to 80. The water was 181 cfs, according to the
"American Whitewater" webpage. Though the water was low, we were able
to do some class I and perhaps a class II near the end. Only one boat
flipped, with the flippee remaining refreshed and nameless. The
temperature was in the 80's so our lunch break on the rocks and in the
shade of lunchstop rapids was very pleasant. There was considerable
rock dodging, so I wouldn't recommend the trip at a much lower level.
At the takeout there is very nice handmade map of the Upper Haw,
detailing the rapids in some detail. Thanks to whomever made it.
I am missing one person, but eighteen of the paddlers were:
Omer "thanks for the shuttle" Register
Frank "off to the races" Duplin
Jim "wormhole" Dupree
Debi "bring those brownies" Bard
Paul "he wrote the book" Ferguson
me, Tom Goodwin
Ceara Stringer, Laura Lapkauskaite, Jack and Kathy Imbriana,
John Parsons, Ben, Mame and Sam Fleming, Scott Gee, Spencer Gee and