At Mile 79.1, “Sock” is the first Upper Granite Gorge rapid, and it’s a good one. The entire look and feel of the Canyon has now changed. Steep gullies, sharp-edged ridges and pinnacles adorn the walls of dark schist. At times, it can get very gloomy down in there. Sock is known for its V-Wave, which flips many boats. It waits menacingly, at the end of a long tongue. Lots of adrenaline, unless you have opted for the left sneak. 11 photos.
Sockdolager Rapid, at Mile 79.1
Bearing down on the V-Wave
In low water, Karen does the left sneak, in her dory “Quartzite Falls”
Nearing the bottom of the rapid, marked by the flat-topped prow that sticks out from river left. Low water.
Brahm hits the V-Wave
A commercial oar boat dives into the V-Wave
A commercial oar boat gets swallowed-up by the V-Wave
Fen does the left sneak
Kathy does the left sneak. The breaking V-Wave looks particularly menacing.
The little rapid, downstream and around the corner from Sock