Adjaristskali (Lower Gorge)
|Stretch:||Pirveli Maisi to Makhuntseti|
|Difficulty:||Class III- (IV)|
|Flows:||No gauge. Estimate at put-in: 4,000 cfs|
|Gradient:||49 fpm average|
|Put-in:||Below the weir near town of Pirveli Maisi|
|Shuttle:||3.8 km (5 minutes one-way)|
|Season:||Spring / Summer and ? (Dam release to begin in 2018)|
Our thanks to our trip leads at Two Blade Adventures.
Republic of Georgia 2017 Day 3 Afternoon:
Our afternoon run down the lower Adjaristskali was just a quick excuse to get back in our boats and see another section of river. But we ended up pleased with the choice, as we found one really fun class IV drop at the start of the run, and spectacular scenery at the end of the run. Those two things were more than enough for us to walk away thinking this short run was well worth it.
That night, we headed to Batumi to Egor and Alona’s house. After taking showers and setting up our gear to dry, we headed into town to get some fantastic Khachapuri at a specialty restaurant. Khachapuri for those who don’t know is a cheese and bread dish, which is so insanely rich… and in this region is topped with an egg. It is so good, we sampled the dish in each region we went to, as each region makes it very differently… so for us, it was the gift that kept giving.
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- Big One (IV). The first rapid on this run is also by far the most significant. There were 4 tiers to it. The lead-in tier was a squirrely rapid that we took the right channel down. Just follow the water. The second was a small ledge that we went right on which then opened to a small recovery area. The third tier was a 4 foot ledge through a decent size hole that we boofed the peak of center. The fourth tier was a ramping hole that was softest left of center. I bet at lower flows this section is much mellower.
- Around the Corner (III-). The Big One mellowed off but then picks back up as the river bends left. This part was just a nice wave train through.
Boogie (II/III-). The river then opens up and the river becomes class II/III-.
- Pipe (III). As the huge pipe crosses the river, there is construction debris in the river. Several different lines exist, just be careful of the cement. We went down the center and boofed a small ledge.
Canyon (II). You then enter a wonderfully scenic canyon which contains only a few small rapids.
Put-in / Take-out: Use the GPS coordinates in the map and a mapping program on your phone. The street names will not be legible anyways…
Put-in: The access is along the side of the highway. There is a three-tiered weir, make sure you put in below that as the feature is a drowning hazard for sure.
Take-out: The Makhuntseti is pretty obvious, as is the accompanying waterfall in the same town. When you get to the bridge, get out upstream river right on the obvious ramp.
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