Believe it or not there is some awesome creeking too be had in and around our Nations Crapital. My goal with this little mini series is too highlight the areas micro creeks, and classic runs. Enjoy!
This one is a beut! It takes alot of rain, and you better be putting on and not wasting time when it's spiking or it'll drop out on you. It's quite the scenic run! You put on behind a grocery store and some apartment buildings, if your lucky you might get a glimpse of one of the local oogles camped out along the run. After about a half mile of strainers, bridges, and class II rapids you get to the big drops that pass under the GW Memorial Parkway, this baby drops about 60ft in a 100 yards with potential for some serious carnage. The first drop can be run on the left at high water if you want to avoid the stout right line. On the right you drop about 15ft through a sluice bouncing off some nasty blast rocks avoiding the piton/pinning death rocks too your right. The line is narrow but good to go. Right after that there's a fun 4ft boof before you go through the tunnel under the highway. The tunnel rapid seemed to be the most mank drop. You ride along the tounge on river left then try to get right before the rocks at the end of the tongue, try too get your bow up as you drop into the hole, and don't plan on flipping, cause I'm sure there's some nastiness (rebar, blasted cement, dead bodies, syringes) but it's hard to tell since the scout is difficult. The last rapid is an easy class III that doesnt require scouting. Then you pass under another road before your dumped out into the Potomac right above the Key Bridge in Georgetown. Getting back to your car is the tricky part. Demshitz recommends having a safety meeting before taking action, but running across the highway then hiking about a mile on an off ramp seems to be the best option. Don't forget your balls and elbow pads this one is manky, but a load of fun, totally worth dealing with the access issues and the water quality.
*note: you want to run this if Difficult Run is flashing, or if Rock Creek in DC is at a good level. This is not a stable river bed the rapids change every couple years, I saw a video from 2009 of this run, and the rapid above the tunnel is substantially different.*
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