Since then, I have still not yet run Chamberlain’s, but ran the Upper Ocoee a lot last summer in an axiom, while boofing at most places (alien, let’s make a deal, olympic section, roach motel, etc.) and catching most eddies in all the rapids, including the olympic section. In Grumpy’s, the most challenging line I did was boof whiteface, catch the house rock eddy, and ferry to the rafting tongue. Generally, I would catch at least 3-4 in total in that rapid. For Broken Nose, I’ve caught the first six eddies of the eight eddy line, in addition to the elevator move (done the elevateor move both here and at the top of the olympic section.)
On the middle, I boof just about everything.
As far as the major rapids on Chili Bar and the Gorge, I’ve caught about every eddy I can and probably all the ones worth catching in Meatgrinder (I’ve lost track) and I’ve caught nearly every eddy along the wall in Racehorse. With Troublemaker, I usually catch the eddy that’s slightly above the hole and then the big one that most people catch right below, before ferrying out to boof Gunsight. I have boofed over the big hole. With Fowler’s, I catch about every eddy I can and certainly the important ones. In Satan’s, I usually catch a couple eddies along the right before catching the river left setup eddy (but I have run all the holes straight). Then I ferry across the second wave to catch the river right eddy.
I’ve run the Tellico (several times from the put in, below baby falls and down to the end of Jared’s, with no portages) and the Cain Creek to North Chick stretch (putting in below the class 5’s on Cain and walking The Falls and Cyclops on North Chick). I’ve also done the Middle Ocoee with just my hands (no hand paddles, either) and have practiced paddling with my hand paddles a lot (I was forced to once, when I broke my paddle on the Upper.) My roll is solid - I’ve also developed an offside roll.
I was going to paddle Chamberlain’s with some people, including an emerging class four boater. His boof is a little suspect, but his roll is good and he’s generally confident catching lots of eddies in Meatgrinder, Racehorse, Fowler’s, and Satan’s, and surfed out of the Troublemaker hole.
How necessary is a boof on Chamberlain’s? Also, what section(s) would you recommend to challenge me, or is Chamberlain’s one that should keep me occupied for a long time?