Headwinds and Current

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by merlin, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Regular

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    Merlin Emrys
    We were greeted by a fierce headwind in addition to the 1070 cfs current on the upstream portion of our kayaking trip today. Ospreys, herons, a Canada goose, and the ubiquitous ravens and turkey vultures kept us company amidst the splendor of the rock formations and stillness.

    It took a determined effort to paddle for almost two hours without stopping, but as always, the rewards were wonderful.

    Although there are constantly emerging new sandbars and mudflats, we navigated them with relative ease, and when we arrived at Cochiti Canyon the wind had abated.

    The ride back was delightful, with the current moving us along at a goodly pace, allowing us to leisurely feast on the river's delights.

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  2. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Super rock faces!

    1070 cfs current? I have no idea what that means!
     
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  3. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Regular

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    Thanks, Mike! cfs = cubic feet per second. The current is measured with gauges at various places along the river.
     
  4. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mike Gorman
    Gotcha thanks Merlin
     
  5. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Veteran Subscribing Member

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    It's quite hard to imagine what 1070 cfs would look like!, the weight of that amount of water must be awesome!
     
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  6. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Regular

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    Yes. The width of the river channel determines how difficult it is to padddle against. The narrower the channel, the faster the current.

    Imagine our adventures when it runs at 3000, or even more, early in the season!!! Paddling furiously, and still not going anywhere! At that point, we turn around, head downstream, and enjoy the ride.
     
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  7. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mike Gorman
    That sounds like a sensible plan!
     
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  8. merlin

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