Allan Jacobs wrote:
Hope saying this doesn't decide some fool to run Bastion without scouting it
That would be me. I decided to try the right side without the benefit of scouting on July 25th. I figured that hugging the right shore would be a good plan, but when the full right side came into view I saw a big ledge on the right shore that I did not want to run. I turned the boat into an upstream ferry and headed for a smooth tongue that was in between the ledge to my right and Bastion Rock to my left. Seeing the ledge come into view was a bit of a shock, but once I got the canoe turned around, it was immediately clear that making it to back toward river left (close to Bastion Rock and onto the good-looking tongue) was not going to be a problem. (I was paddling solo [on a trip with recped] in the much-maligned Swift Raven.) It is worth noting that the current was not nearly as strong in the right channel (even at this summer's crazy levels) since only a portion of the river's volume/power goes that way. Our biggest problem at Bastion was the piece-of-crap walkie talkies we were trying to use. I tried for 30 min. to call Ben with the message, "If you run right, look out for a big ledge on the right." All he ever heard was some vague message through the static saying something about "... right side..." So he finally gave up and ran left without incident. But I did get a good view from the top of the esker on river right when I climbed up in the hopes of better walkie talkie contact!
So Bastion was not a big problem for us - but I swam the very next rapid! Other than that, this summer's high water made the Seal an awesome experience. (Except for Nine Bar Rapids where I became totally swamped and was fortunate to avoid another swim.)