Upper Green class II-III+ Advanced Beginner/intermediat­e

The Upper Green is a fun class II/III+ creek set in a deep peaceful gorge.  While most of the river is easy class II,  the run is best known for it's three class III/III+ rapids - Bayless Boof, Wanda's Hole, and Pinball.  If you have never run the Upper and are not a jaded intermediate boater then these three will get your adrenaline going the first few times you see them.  The good news is that Bayless, Pinball, and Wanda's are basically pool drops that are not particularly difficult and they end in calm water in case things did not work out.  Even better, they can be portage or sneaked with a bit of effort.  We will stop and scout the two bigger drops if needed, so you can decide whether to run them or not.

Do be aware the UG is a step up from the Lower.  To have a good run you need to have some boat control and be past just paddling down stream.  If you can do basic peel outs, eddy turns, and ferries, you should be able to handle this.  This is a creek run so you will likely hit rocks if you flip or swim.  A roll is not mandatory but you should be trying them if you are going to run this type of river.

The hardest part is the hike out at the finish which is 6/10ths of a mile uphill carrying your boat and gear.  It is far from a pleasant stroll but most seem to feel the run is worth it.  If you have any doubts about the hike then I would encourage you to scout it out before committing to the run.

If you have not run this and have any questions as to whether or not you can, please contact me.  Since this run goes deep into the gorge, once we get started there is no hiking out until we get to the end.

MUST HAVE - White Water Gear (WW Boat, Skirt, PFD, Helmet, Paddle)

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  • Gunnar

    Mike, Brian, maybe Adrienne - I'll see you tomorrow. There will be two others meeting us who have run this section many times.

    June 22, 2013

  • brian & tammy w.

    Tammy is not coming, but Brian will be there.

    June 22, 2013

  • Allison A.

    I will do the UG one of these days soon! Going with Adrienne tomorrow on the Tuck to keep practicing my skills. Domestic chores to be done on Sunday :(

    June 21, 2013

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