Upset Rapid

Scout Upset on river right. The pull-in for the scout is along the rocky shoreline, a few hundred feet above the start of the rapid.

Upset rapid is named appropriately as a result of a large center-river hole at the bottom of the rapid. Many rafts have flipped in this hole. It is possible to run left or right of the hole. A left run starts with center-to-left momentum at the top and works down the left side of the rapid, staying off of the left cliff. There is a left lateral right above the center hole that can surf boats into the hole if it is not either passed on the left or hit with sufficient momentum. Make sure to keep pushing as you run the left side.

A right run is a dry run and is done by entering center-right and pulling right to stay close to the shore and pass by the hole. It is a tight line so make sure to maintain your angle. The current tractor beams into the hole so a lost angle at the top of the rapid can be devastating.

Entering Upset. This boater is going for the left line. Note the slight left angle. He is entering with plenty of right-to-left momentum.

Entering upset. This boater is going for the right line and is holding his angle as he pulls towards the right shore.

Punching through the bottom of the rapid just to the left of the big hole. Perfect line!

A clean right line. The boater straightened out his angle at the bottom once he knew he was clear of the hole.