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Here are some more photos from a 5 day trip down the Rogue River my family and took in July 2014
Here’s a shot of a gear boat and a couple of the inflatable kayaks heading downstream. In the foreground you can see that it can get quite shallow when the water is moving quickly.
This is actually one of the bigger dangers of running whitewater. If you get dumped out and are floating downstream supported by your life vest, you can think that you should stand up because the water is so shallow. Then you can wait for a boat to come pick you up. The problem with this is that the water can be moving pretty fast and it’s really powerful. It’s possible to put your feet down and immediately get pushed over. If one of your feet gets trapped between a couple of rocks that don’t fell like moving, you can end up face down in the water held in place by your now broken leg with it’s entrapped foot. Moral of the story, if you’re swimming a rapid wait until you’re through it and floating in slow moving deep water.
One evening in camp I played around with propping my camera on a rock and messing with the shutter speed. Motion blur is fun.
The Rogue has a trail that runs along river right the whole length of the whitewater section. This a shot looking back upstream while we were doing a side hike one afternoon.
This shows the Class IV rapid at the downstream end of the Wild and Scenic section: Blossom Bar. It doesn’t look nearly as intimidating as Rainy Falls, but the run requires you to float down on river left, pass a rock and then move right as hard as you can to avoid going onto a bunch of rocks called the picket fence. The rest of the run rock dodging down the middle, but that dog leg at the top is what makes it a class IV.
You can see a rock that looks a bit like a curling wave. To it’s left is a round rock. The round rock is partially obscuring another rock downstream of it. The move is to pass between the round rock and the one it’s obscuring. That zooms you past the wave rock and you’re golden.
One of the highlights of the stretch of river below Blossom Bar is hiking up Tate Creek to the Tate Creek Slide. Out of the shot to the right is a rope that lets you climb up the big boulder, once you’re up there you sit in the creek, block the flow a bit to build up some water behind you, lift your butt to get the water moving then push off and lay back. The exciting part is that groove that you slide down has undercut the rock above it, so if you don’t have your head far enough back, you can bang it on the rock. Another difference between the modern OARS and the one I worked for back in the day is that we bring helmets along now, and you have to wear your helmet if you want to do the slide. In the 80s, telling people not to raise your head was considered sufficient for safety.
This shot shows Tate Creek closer to where it enters the Rogue.
One last shot of the river from the trail. As I said in a comment on the Green River OTR, the Rogue is my favorite river trip. 5 days is a good length of time to be out in wilderness, the scenery and wildlife are great, and the whitewater is well distributed with no days of all flatwater.