Middle Fork Whitewater
I’ve never before managed to capture a decent shot of the whitewater on the upper stretch of the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The river up there is basically non-stop fast, continuous, tricky rapids, and when you’re running it is not a time you want your camera out or your attention distracted. But the Main Salmon trip I was supposed to be on this week cancelled because of high water, and I filled some time by driving a shuttle for our Middle Fork crew. I was able to hike down three-quarters of a mile or so and wait to shoot them coming through a good rapid. I think this one is known as Cable Hole, but the rapids are so many up there that even after fifteen seasons I’m not always sure which one is supposed to be which (plus I don’t care; I know ’em when I see ’em, whether I can put a name to them or not), so I may be wrong.
Here’s a grab shot of First Bend rapid, which is literally 50 yards below the boat ramp. Quite a start to a river trip!