Hi Matt! Hope you are well. Do you by chance have a proof of purchase on the Karama? It is really starting to oil can and I would like to look into a warranty replacement. You can call or text me at 8282063633. Thanks buddy!
very fun chute quite snug to the bank; in high water it's a blast w a twist to right partway thru. Caveat: large strainer waiting below blocking whole left side so be sure to move back to the center rock asap.
There's also lots of runs at all levels on YouTube where you can watch folks run the proper Wanda's right line and see the little dip that marks the spot just off right bank rock. Just search "Upper Green Wanda's" & have fun feeling better at all the others who blow it too! (You might even see one w me going too far right in a rasta Lil Hero at 200% +5" over dam. Flipped like a flapjack on a hidden reactionary wave. Damn there's a lot of rocks under there!)
had the correct line! Followed someone through but got my stern swung around on the edge of the hole then flipped. Hit a nice combat roll there in a shallow spot and kept cruising. I would suggest trying Bayless next time but maybe not Pinball. It is a fairly easy slide if your line is right and almost throws you to the right spot if you line up correctly in the first place. Pinball is harder to see from above it so it is tougher to find the right line. I was told, "follow me, when you drop go to the left", and that is how it worked!
I paddled the Upper Green yesterday for the first time. I portaged Bayless and Pinball.. Figured I would save them for a warmer day. I had a swim at Wanda's Hole. I ran it river right. I may have not gone far enough right and I got turned sideways and dumped. I got my first feeling of being stuck in a hydraulic! It sucked, but was a good learning experience.
My question is: Should I run it river left next time? Many of the videos I see people seem to run it left and do fine.
at moderate levels and you take out at stackhouse. I agree with the others. More technical IMO, but not really anything harder than Nanty falls. Lots of features to work on eddy catching and river moves.
Here is what I think about Section 9 vs Nantahala for a first timer: Of course everything depends on the level. Maybe only 1 or 2 rapids (if you takeout at Stackhouse) as munchy as Nantahala Falls, but they have much wider lines to success. Catch that easy to hit eddy at Big Pillow and you'll be nowhere near that mean, nasty hole. The typical French Broad rapid is 3x longer than Nantahala. French Broad is wide- lots of long, cris crossing eddy lines that you don't find on the Nanty. Caution if you are prone to flip on an innocent looking eddy line. Small pourovers- FB has 15 Bump style, or maybe slightly larger, pourovers. Be ready to pull yourself across the foam pile. Rocks. You will be looking for and interacting with shallow rocks on French Broad- compared to Nantahala. Read and run. On section 9 it is hard to just follow the lines of the boater in front of you. You'll have to read and run some. Lets us know how it goes.
Section 9 does not have any notorious death traps and the water is warm. You'll do fine. It is a good next step up. I would suggest practicing some combat rolls at some easy spots, since the water is warmer.
I have been paddling for about a year now and I am trying to progress to "lite" class III. I have the basics of a c to c roll, but not a successful river roll yet... Almost!!!
I have run the Nanty several times and I've had a couple of swims on the falls. One was last Sunday. I am in a new boat and I am trying to get used to it. My buddy who is an experienced paddler wants to take me to do Sec 9 of the French Broad this Sunday and is completely confident that I can do it. Not sure!!