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Tom Turrentine

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 12, 2017 - 09:43am PT
Any update on water flows / release at the gorge? will we die?
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 3, 2017 - 01:02pm PT
Can anyone tell me what the status is for crossing the river to get up to Warning Signs?
High water? Log still in place?
I haven't been to any part of the Gorge south of Pub Wall since this water release wraning stuff started...
Thanks, Phyl
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Oct 3, 2017 - 02:45pm PT
Bump for Phylp and for me...river conditions in general not just Warning Signs???



Thanks.
Mtbphoto

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Oct 3, 2017 - 04:12pm PT
All river crossings I have been on lately have been mellow (upper and lower gorges.) You can tell there was more water in the upper, the approach to Gorgeous Towers is a bit bushy, but not bad. My little dog has had no problems crossing any of the bridges/crossings solo. Watch for rattlesnakes though.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 3, 2017 - 06:23pm PT
Thanks for the info!
Hoots

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 4, 2017 - 03:10pm PT
Today (10/4/17), there was a lot of water being released, and in the Upper Gorge, access to Dihedrals was thigh deep wading, and the crossing getting to Flavin' Haven was raging. We stuck to the Gotham sector. Worth checking out DWP CFS numbers before heading down that way.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Oct 4, 2017 - 03:28pm PT
Thx Hoots.


Date/Time
Reading
10/04/17 3:11:24 PM

119.6
Bob Harrington

climber
Bishop, California
Oct 6, 2017 - 04:08pm PT
Good job, Munge, tracking down that flow data from DWP's web page. I asked DWP what was going on with the flows in the Gorge, and was told that there are problems with the Middle Gorge and Control Gorge Power Plants and they had to take them off line, so flows will be high - up to maybe a few hundred cfs - in the river channel for a few months because they can't put water through those two power plants.

Regarding the flow data, the meter that they put on that real-time data web page only reads up to around 120 cfs, which is why it is pegged at 119.7 cfs. To get the actual flows when it's above 120, go to LADWP > About Us > Water > Los Angeles Aqueduct > LA Aqueduct Conditions Reports > LA Aqueduct Northern District Daily Report (right next to where you found the real-time data), and open the most recent report. Look for an entry that looks like "Upper Gorge below PP Cur/Avg: 185/170", which gives you the current (when the report was generated), and most recent day's average flow released into the river channel below the Upper Gorge Power Plant (in cfs).
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 6, 2017 - 04:36pm PT
So if I am understanding this correctly we probably will Not be able to cross over. If we walked in down the road from the south parking, will the road be passable to the Pub Wall? I know the central gorge trail is faster but it's murder on my low back.
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Oct 7, 2017 - 04:56am PT
Thanks Bob, good info
Lurking Fear

Boulder climber
Bishop, California
Oct 7, 2017 - 06:38am PT
The road below the pub was passable on 10/3. The bridge to the China Wall was wet with splashes from the higher flow.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2017 - 06:55am PT
Just got down there for the first time in a few months. Major changes to the section of road downstream from Warm Up wall... they have widened it and removed all the trees and plants Water levels are very high and fast flowing both mid and lower gorge.

Report for area between the central gorge trail and lower gorge:

. Banana Belt is flooded up to the base and inaccessible right now- a via ferratta might be in order ;)
Warning Signs Wall bridge was still above water ( just barely)
Diamond Face Planks are under water but the new bridge up stream is fine and above water.
Pink Wall planks got washed away again the Big Tower bridge downstream is dry ( just barely) and allows access.

I'm imagining a lot of the east- side walls are inacessable right now.

Edit to add: Wading across any moving water down there is an incredibly bad idea. I'd hate to see anyone killed because they insisted on doing some climb. There's plenty of routes that won't risk your life. Dog was washed off a wet bridge last year and died. Could just as easily be a human.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 7, 2017 - 07:05am PT
Thanks, Jtm, that is really helpful.
Phyl
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2017 - 07:14am PT
@ Phyl: to answer you question.... Pub Wall is accessable from either entry . There's just a new loose scree slope to navigate since they did all the road work.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2017 - 07:51am PT
Marty posted on Facebook:
Staying Power, Flavin Haven and China Wall bridges are all under water
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Oct 7, 2017 - 07:35pm PT
Water level about 8" below Big Tower bridge today. Great bridge!
jock van patten

Sport climber
bishop ca
Oct 8, 2017 - 03:43pm PT
bump
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Oct 13, 2017 - 10:34pm PT
Thx for the extra insights Bob! They really bury the good stuff on their website.

10/13/2017 "North Owens"

RC@OR Cur/Ave: 53/53 Upper Gorge below PP Cur/Avg: 185/185
(*)P V Resv Elev: 4386.3 Outflow: 439 24hr AF Total: 904
(4390.0 HW)AF: 2624 Diff AF: -173
Bishop Hi/Lo: 76/30 Precip(Day/Month): 0.00/0.00
B C @ Plant 6: 92 (avg) O R Below BP Cr: 533 Fish Sprg @ RR Brdg: 36
BP Pwr House : 72/40 Precip(Day/Month): 0.00/0.00 BP Cr Cur/Peak: 24/25
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
Places
Oct 14, 2017 - 10:09am PT
Climbed at big tower on 10/10. The water was about a foot below the new bridge.
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