The South Fork Clearwater

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     With Covid-19 cases on the rise and people of states keeping close to home, there wasn't much kayaking to be had in the Western part of the U.S.. Luckily, the South Fork Clearwater provided the experienced big-water kayaker a place of solitude. The Golden Canyon stretch in particular welcomed those worthy of paddling through its larges holes, fast current, and similar style to the North Fork Payette. 

   The conch was blown, the paddlers flocked to the Class V corridor at the edge of the Palouse in Northern Idaho...

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(1st) Wyatt Doyle rigs up the boats for another lap. 

(2nd) Hayden Voorhees does his best impression of a SpaceX rocket.

(3rd) What is not normal here is seeing more than 3 paddlers in the midst of Golden Canyon at once, especially at 6,000 cfs. 

(4th) Hanging Rock is the typical put-in for the Golden Canyon stretch, the group always opted to go upstream for more of the goods. 

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Jungle Creek Campground provided a dirtbag oasis, free of charge, with plenty of space for car camping. 

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The South Fork Clearwater lies at the southern edge of the largest inland rainforest. The variety of scenery is overwhelming and nothing short of dramatic. 

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(1st) Stakeout? Alec getting an evening session on the aptly named "Kobe Wave" due to it being right next to mile marker 24. 

(2nd) Hayden Voorhees and Ben Stookesberry paddle through the notorious Chuck Rollins rapid. 

(3rd) Constant hits and gradient, Lucas Glick in the thick of it. 

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(1st) The Wyoming boys AKA Team Weiner posing before their morning lap. 

(2nd) Ben Stookesberry filmed Coyote Falls from river left every time it was paddled during our trip, meaning he walked along this mossy rock field each time. It's a job only Ben would do repeatedly.   

(3rd) Alec Voorhees took his time scouting and visualizing his line before his descent of Coyote Falls, the largest rapid on the stretch. Usually people put in downstream of this particular, technical rapid.       

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(1st) Ben Stookesberry paddling into the rapid Fish Jump, another significant rapid on the stretch. 

(2nd) Hayden Voorhees in the large entrance waves of Chuck Rollins.

(3rd) Hayden Voorhees about to make his move to river right to avoid the largest hole in Coyote Falls. 

(4th) Wave boofs galore in the "bogie water" of the Clearwater. 

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(1st) The group paddles by the granite slabs of the Golden Canyon.

(2nd) Hayden Voorhees finds air wherever he can take it.       

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Springtime in this canyon is special, till next time Golden Canyon...

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