After having Fall dry enough that a couple weekends ago we were worried about having enough water for a release on the Dead River some moisture finally arrived. [STRIKEOUT:A front rolled through, stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico while Hurricane Gonzalo passed offshore]“A cold front stretching from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico carrying warm, moist gulf air with additional input from Hurricane Gonzalo”(clarification by Mike) brought 2-3 inches of rain to the White Mountains and Maine. While the water started to run out of the Whites and Mahoosucs on Friday, it held until Saturday in the Bigelows where we got to enjoy it.
I didn't want to title another post skinning up Shawnee, so I'm not.
Sun peaked under the cloud deck for us before disappearing again this morning as we topped out of our skin up.
A couple weekends ago it was the Penobscot Race, which was just after I started my new job at Bridgton Academy, but being the race I had to make the trip up there. It also was a week after having left the Nob during my last Chewonki trip.
Earlier in the month the whitewater trip leaders headed out on our training trip to the West Branch of the Penobscot.
Our first day up on the West Branch was a little gray (as was the drive up), but we ran through a bunch of lessons. The second day had the sun come out while we paddled down from Big Eddy through Horserace. Big Amberjackwockamus Falls distracted us on the way down.
That afternoon we got word that they were going to release water from the dam in addition to what was getting released from the station, so we headed up to Ripogenus dam to spectate. It turns of the gray (rain) was over most of the state, so the whole Penobscot watershed was a little full.
Our plan for our final paddling day was to head up to the Seboomook section, but we had no idea what it would be like at 6k cfs, so we decided to stay local and contemplate just what we would do with a trip at high water.
On the 22nd Send It Whitewater ran the K-Bomb race on the Kennebec River.
We finished up with a solo mass start. No photos, but to summarize: "Catch Linehan!"
The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea turned out to be enough to bring up Cold Brook in South Tamworth, NH. It's a pretty steep creek, so I was glad to have one of the locals show me down, and have a couple others to watch paddle the first couple rapids.
As always you can click on pic to make them bigger and play as a slideshow.