Crooked / Upper Upper Gorge

Info

Class: 
V-VI
Portage?: 
No
Gauge: 
Gradient: 
0.0m/km
Length: 
0.0km
Time: 
Put in: 
Old airstrip
Take out: 
Shuttle: 
Maps: 
Character: 
Hot tip: 
Tags: 
Helicopter

In 1996 a team flew into Forks Hut and made their way out from there in ‘creek boats’ of the time. They only managed a paddle portage ratio of about 60/40. In 2006 Mark Eames, Allan Ellard, Blair Bowker and Andy O’ Connell flew in with their new Bliss-Stick ‘Scuds’ and paddled almost everything and reported that you start at the old airstrip and paddle a couple hundred metres of flat stuff before it starts dropping away. The class V section is probably one of the steepest + technical sections in the country. Everything is portagable, and there a couple short mandatory portages. The gradient is such that there are no single move lines (3-5 moves in a row was about standard per rapid) this definitely seems one of those runs you want to take the shortest boat you can get your hands on.

History: 
Credits: 
Graham Charles
NZ Whitewater 4th Edition 2006: 
p171