Mulberry River, Arkansas
|Date: November 13th -16th, 2014||Sponsor: DDRC|
|River: Mulberry River near Ozark, Ar||Trip Leader: Earl Atnip|
|Reach: will depend on flow||Phone: 972-882-0952|
|Difficulty: Whitewater Class I to III depending on flow * (See scale below)||E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rendezvous: Redding Public Access||Required Skills: Moving water/Whitewater experience, proper protective gear, base camping|
|Backup Plan: The Illinois River in Oklahoma (see below)|
This time of year the river should be full of color and few paddlers. We are heading out to Arkansas on Thursday, November 13 and we will be staying at Redding Public Access , right on the river.
We will paddle on Friday and Saturday for sure and there will likely be a short run before coming home on Sunday. We will decide which reaches of the river to do based on the water conditions when we get there.
THIS TRIP GOES RAIN OR SHINE. We will only cancel if the river conditions are unsafe. Please be prepared for cooler air and water temperatures. Bring the appropriate camping gear you need.
Bring lunch stuff for both Friday and Saturday's paddles as well s breakfasts for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
We will do Pot Luck suppers on all three nights.Bring enough food for your group as we always seem to have way too much food on these things. We can coordinate as we get closer.
THIS TRIP GOES RAIN OR SHINE. We will only cancel if the river conditions are unsafe. Normally we get rain on this trip at least once, so be prepared.
Turn Left on AR 215. Redding Public Access will be on your right about 12 miles down.
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|* International Scale of River Difficulty
Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.
Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.
Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.
Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.
Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.
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