Six Ledyardites headed out to the Wells on Tuesday to attempt to clean up the areas along the put-in and take-out. Despite limited time and last-minute notice, the outing was a success! Trash was removed and rivers were conserved. Among some of the more substantial items found was an old television that had been lying broken along the bank for some time. After carefully bagging the broken glass, Alex and Dave hauled it up and out to the truck bed. There was also a significant amount of scrap metal buried in the ground, so beware if you plan on walking around barefoot.
While scouting the river, we found a new downed tree upriver of the one that is currently blocking Tantric. Both still need to be removed. See Jesse Harris for more info.
A classic ledyard gnarmada was at the dryway this sunday. A sunny day, a full van, a bunch of kayaks, one raft, and a really good time. Photo by Cat Mejia:
We went over to the Sharon Dam on the white on Saturday. Flow was around 4000, which wasn't ideal, but it was still fun. Getting into the main feature on surfer's right was really difficult, though once in it you could do some spins / - I think 5000+ is probably the good zone (as UV Surf says...). The wave on surfer's left was interesting at this level too - you
This weekend we rallied up near Moosilauke two days in a row. Saturday we caught the Gale River near Franconia at a nice level. A mile and a half of fun class 2-3 rock dodging, and then a pretty fun gorge with a few class 3+ / 4 drops. Beautiful river, and not roadside, which is saying something around here. Then we drove over to North Woodstock and put on the EB Pemi for a late evening run. It was at around 2000 cfs and proved to be a juicy and fun class 4 run with plenty of rocks to boof and holes to dodge. A few of us were tired from the Gale so we jumped out early (the EB Pemi is roadside), but there were no mishaps to speak of. Swims at 2000 or above would be really difficult to deal with though - the river starts to get very continuous.
Sunday a different crew returned to the EB Pemi with half the water. It was still a fun run at 1000, with a lot more rock and pourover dodging. We had a few swims, but nothing unmanageable and had a great time enjoying the sun on the first hot day of the sun. A tremendously successful weekend!