I’m not going to sugar coat it, last year’s Middle Fork trip, with unusually high water, replaced the smile that many folks normally have with a look of focused determination. Everyone got off the run feeling like they had really accomplished something significant, the way you feel when you push your skills and experience and feel tested and pass.
This year’s heavy snow pack and protracted cold weather in spring made for some interesting and sometimes stressful moments leading up to our first Middle Fork Salmon trip in Idaho at the end of June. We had genuine concerns the flow would be too high. In the process of trying to guestimate what our water levels might be and what action to take I ran across some interesting websites that helped
confuse in making some of the decisions we did.