Leaving Schist campsite.
Each turn of the river brings with it scenes of indescribable beauty.
We all knew that Crystal Rapid was rated a 10+ on the Grand Canyon scale and that it was a "technical" rapid due to the boulders (called the Rock Garden) in the river just beyond the mid-point of the rapid. But we started to get a little nervous when, before leaving camp, we were told that the guides would be scouting Crystal and that we were to remain in the boats while they did so. Crystal was the first rapid that the guides had stopped to look at before going through.
The River creates sort of a meandering s-curve that starts a short distance before Crystal Rapid and from the beach area where we were waiting we could only see the smooth, calm-looking surface of the river and then the drop off.
Matt's taking his raft into Crystal Rapid backwards.
We left them there and proceeded through the tail end of Crystal Rapid...
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 8 - Part 1 :: Schist Camp to Crystal Rapid," Kinexxions, posted November 4, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-8-part-1-schist-camp-to-crystal.html : accessed [access date])