The French Broad
Section 9 - Barnard to Stackhouse
August 10, 2014- 2500-3000cfs
I wrapped up a weekend of paddling with a half run on FB9. The level was very similar to when I paddled it last in May. And just like with the May trip, I was joined by Alison and Kit. Richard H and Chris S from the day before on the Pigeon were also on this trip. We left the campground in Hot Springs around 9:40, all dropped our boats and gear at the put-in, then drove all our cars down to Stackhouse. Christi decided not to paddle for a third day in a row and was nice enough to drive us all back to the put-in, which left all vehicles at the bottom. Our crew was rounded out by John C, Nathan C and Wayne C from Hickory. We met them at the put-in at 11 and I shuttled their boats back to the top when we were finished. I had paddled with John a few weeks prior in Kibler. I had not paddled the French with Richard since 2008, I had paddled with Chris the day before. It was my first time meeting Wayne and Nathan. It was a very solid crew of kayaks, one C1 and one OC1. This was the second day in my new Jitsu and I was starting to get a feel for how it handles. I caught as many waves as I could, which kept me in the back of the pack and limited the number of photos I took. I hopped into the big wave at Sandy Bottom, which at this level is pretty meaty. She held me, pulled me back, then sent me for a big stern squirt. Pillow went smooth for everyone, the line was identical to what we ran in May. In May I took the creek line at Pinball, this time I went down the main section, followed by Chris. It was fun day, a little gray and rainy, but not miserable. Other than my rolls during playtime, I am pretty sure it was a dry hair day for all. I think I am going to enjoy the new boat and hope to paddle with everyone in today's group again.