In August of 2012, a large flood in Red Canyon enlarged its delta, and eliminated the left run of Hance Rapid. The rock debris from the flood filled the channel that was positioned between the left shore and the rock some call Muffin Rock, and thereafter denied river runners what was probably the easiest and least risky run in Hance Rapid. Now, one must enter the rapid on river right by one of two tongues. The leftmost of the two is the best choice if one wishes to enter the Duck Pond, a large area of slack water found downstream of the rock pile that occupies the middle of the river at the top of the rapid. From the Duck Pond, one can attempt the crossing to river left, or run down the middle of the rapid. The rightmost of the two is best if one wishes to do the right run.
We arrived in September of 2012, and scouted on river right. It was a nasty, rainy day and I took only my waterproof point and shoot Lumix camera with me on the scout. Ahead of us was a party that had started at Lees Ferry on the same day as ourselves, and included a dory boatman by the name of Duwain Whitis. Duwain is the co-author of a popular guidebook to the river, as well as to other rivers (www. rivermaps.net). My party, therefore, remained at the scouting overlook while his party made their runs. Following are: Duwain’s very deft run down the middle, my wife Kathy’s right to left run and Britt Runyon’s video of same. 10 photos and one video.
Just before the end of this video (Britt Runyon, http://brittrunyon.com/), you’ll see his boat hit a large hole and get slapped around to the right. This is the hole that flipped me.