Dorr’s Rock

Dorr’s Rock is a classic example of how indecision can thwart your run. The move itself is easy, as long as you stick to one direction. The river makes a sharp bend left and as it exits the bend, a large wrap rock is in the channel. At low flows, the wrap rock is not in play as a small sandbar will build right in front of it as well as the channel to the right will close off. At other levels, the wrap potential is high if you head into it and indecisiveness is in play as both a left and route option are possible. My personal rule, which has never failed me, is to decide to go left of the rock at all flows – even if this is a harder move at certain levels. My reasoning is the left line is always open and by committing ahead of time, indecisiveness is eliminated.

John Dorr owned River Adventures West and was an outfitter on the Middle Fork. Like other rapids and features on any river, getting your name inked doesn’t happen because you had a stellar line…