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05
Nov

6 of 12R, Half a Dozen of the Other

The Green Race has come and gone for another year, and this one was certainly rather special for us here at Pyranha…

Holt McWhirt experiencing the 12R’s face-melting speed…

Favorites Dane Jackson and Pat Keller placed 1st and 2nd, but we’re beyond stoked with Team Pyranha’s very own Holt McWhirt bagging the Bronze in the 12R; perhaps almost as pleasingly, the 12R placed strongly across the rest of the results table too, with paddlers who chose it as their ride laying down 6 of the top 12 times:

3rd – Holt McWhirt – 04:18.4

4th – Isaac Levinson – 04:19.0

6th – Michael Ferraro – 04:19.4

7th – Matt Anger – 04:21.1

9th – Jeremy Nash (1st place Junior) – 04:22.0

11th – Dylan McKinney – 04:23.1

 

Legend Isaac Levinson with his game face on…

The cherry on top was seeing something we’ve been dreaming about for some time; Team Pyranha representing in the longboat category at the Green Race! Bring on next year…

We won’t be putting the 12Rs away until it’s time to train for 2019’s event though; those who’ve been paddling the limited number which arrived on the first container have been telling us repeatedly how much fun it is for everyday missions, how surprisingly maneuvrable it is, and how much it’s changing the way they break rapids down and opening their eyes to new mission possibilities. If you’d like to get in on the fun, there’ll be a limited amount of stock available on the next container arriving shortly, so get your orders in with a dealer now!

Images by Priscilla Macy/Marc Hunt.

 

P.S. The 12R is also now available outside the US too 😉

02
Nov

Dialling In Moves In The 12R

It’s the Eve of the 23rd Annual Green Race; what better time than to hear from some of the members of Team Pyranha who’ll be piloting the Pyranha 12R down the course for the first time…

Dylan McKinney

When I first heard of the Green Race some ten years ago, I remember thinking how insane it was that people actually paddle the Green, nevertheless race the rapids. As I progressed and started paddling the Green myself, my mindset slowly changed. I knew the Green Race as an event that had all of the big and fast paddling names, but I never thought I’d be a part of it. It’s tight, technical, and difficult. The race seems as though it’s a right of passage in the Southeast paddling community, or at least it has been in my mind. In 2012, I found my self at the start line for the first time, full of nerves and stoke, lining it all up. Six years later I have my name on that same list, ready to lay it all down on the first Saturday in November and that isn’t going to change any time soon. There is nothing like race day; turning the corner and having over one thousand people cheer you on as you race your way down class V rapids. The community, comradeship, and the world-class river make it all worth it and one of the most beautiful events in whitewater kayaking.

It’s been a long time coming for Pyranha to produce a longboat. Pyranha really created something unique and forward thinking in terms of long boat design. Sure the 12R is fast, but it is nimble and fun too! Bow rocker that carries the boat up and over large features, a stern fit for engagement and initiating timely turns, and a hull that tracks extremely well. Preparing for the Green Race has been a blast, especially in the 12R. Aside from racing the 12R, it has been a dream to paddle on any river. I’m stoked to finally have a Pyranha long boat in my quiver, just in time for the 23rd Annual Green River Narrows Race!

Michael Ferraro

Pyranha Kayaks finally made a long boat! Not only did they make one, but they made the best one I’ve ever paddled. I have extensive experience in both the Stinger and the Green Boat. The 12R is on a different level of thoughtful design which makes paddling this kayak fast, fun, and in my opinion easy. My favourite features are the wave deflectors on the bow that break the water’s surface so your bow stays nice and dry and the paddle cutouts at the knees. The 12R is the most versatile longboat to paddle. Whether you’re trying to crush the Green Race, do attainments, go on an expedition, or just change things up this kayak will not disappoint. I’m looking forward to representing Pyranha in the upcoming Green Race!

As for dialing in the lines for Green Race I know where to go I just need to paddle hard on race day and grease the lines. My first lap in the 12R was 4:40 and the second lap was 4:27 so it hasn’t taken me too long to adjust to the boat.

Check out the start list to see who else is rocking a 12R!

21
Oct

Lessons Learnt Through Changing Kayaks

As I think back to the different kayaks I have used, I find it interesting to reflect on all of the lessons they have taught me.

I used to be a diehard freestyle kayaker, and dropped pretty much everything in a freestyle kayak until I met Dave Fusilli and got into a creekboat (a Shiva) for the first time. I was blown away by how much fun the extra speed of a creekboat can be, and really enjoyed the extra stability and the confidence they gave me too. The change opened up new doors not only in the rivers and rapids I could take on, but also in my perspective on kayaking.


When the 9R debuted with its extra length and beautiful rocker profile, I feel like my whole kayaking game flipped once again. All of a sudden I was capable of boofing so much more, riding higher and drier over things and going faster than I ever thought possible. The 9R taught me a great appreciation for speed, staying in the main flow and blitzing down rivers. Yes, it was originally designed as a race kayak, but it also works exceedingly well as an all round creek kayak, provided you bring your ‘A’ game and remember to keep one step ahead and focused on the next move.


Over time as both my skill and desire to run bigger rapids grew, I found myself wanting something that had a little more volume, a more stable width, and was easier to control at points where losing it would mean dire consequences. I wanted something that would operate comfortably at lower speeds and enable me to look even further ahead when approaching first descents. Those “wants” are what led me to switch to the Machno as my main creek machine.

Paddling the Machno makes it feel like everything has been slowed down, but it is no slouch, and incorporates a lot of what we have learnt about rocker profile with the 9R, also making it a dream to boof. I feel like because the Machno is easier to handle I have more time to be stylish through rapids, rather than fighting to maintain control.


As brilliant as the Machno is on hard whitewater, the days where I truly get to push this kayak to its limits are relatively few; on everyday chill sections is where the Ripper earns its place in my arsenal. There are a lot of choices within the freeride kayak genre, but I truly believe the Ripper to be the best; I love the down-river speed, how easy it is to boof, the fact that I can surf any wave on the river in it, and how beautifully balanced it is when getting vertical. Charging hard whitewater in the Ripper is not as easy as in the Machno, but it is oh so rewarding!

Ultimately, one kayak is just not enough for me to be fully satisfied, and I love that within each area of kayaking that I enjoy there is a Pyranha kayak that fits in perfectly. Currently I swap between the Machno, Ripper, Jed (Carbon), Jed (Plastic) and during race season I will hop back in my 9R. I haven’t managed to get on the water in the Fusion Duo or 12R yet, but I look forward to putting them to good use over the coming months and seeing what lessons I can learn from using them, and whatever else the future holds for Pyranha.

See you on the water,
Bren

18
Oct

The 12R Has Landed!

That’s right, the container has reached the shores of the USA, been unloaded, and the first production 12Rs have seen water!

We really turned our ‘By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts’ ethos on its head for this one, and made something that is first and foremost For Enthusiasts, so let’s hear what just some of those enthusiasts think now that the 12R is here:

Mark Kieran – “I paddled the 12R for the first time at this year’s annual Ocoee race, and not only did I finish with the 6th fastest time overall, but I set a new personal best for the course! I followed this up with a fun cruise; glassy waves, enders, and attainments are a blast! The 12R is nimble and easy to manoeuvre, and is going to be a lot of fun to creek in.”

Mike Patterson, US Operations Director – “I just got off two juicy class 4-5 laps, and I’m so damn excited; 3 of us had the 12R out, all different weights and sizes, and we couldn’t stop smiling for 10 miles. ‘It paddles more like a short boat’ was the mantra of the day; the 12R’s edge transfer is crisp, making it easy to manoeuvre and turn, and the bow planes over things like the 9R and boofs almost as well as a short boat. Time will tell if it’s the fastest, but I don’t really care because it’s definitely the most fun longboat on the market!”

Cory Hall – “My 2 favorite features about the 12R are the recessed bow where your catch enters, and the edges that allow for smooth turning at speed; both of these combine to allow me to keep more forward stroke consistency and momentum than in any other longboat.”

Chris Hipgrave, US Sales Director – “I got to deliver a bunch of 12Rs to the Ocoee Race, and everyone came up to me beaming about its perfect balance of fun and fast. To make the day even better, I tied for first place in the 12R and others placed well across the classes too.”

Jonnie Ortiz – “The most fun I’ve had in a longboat ever! Dry bow, stable, and easy to throw around.”

Robert Peerson, Designer – “This is the boat I have been dreaming about for years!”

 

Stay tuned for news on the 12R at the Green Race, and if you’re not a US resident but fancy getting in on the fun, don’t worry, we’re sending some 12Rs your way soon!

17
Oct

And the Winner Is…

We gave the judges at PADDLEexpo 2018 a hard time by showcasing a whole heap of newness, including the Fusion Duo and 12R, but fittingly it was the boat we’ve been humbled to see paddlers across the globe beaming from ear to ear in since we released it in early 2018, the Ripper, which claimed the coveted title of Paddlesports Product of the Year 2019.

A few of the team accept the award and show off the custom Black/Lime/Red Ripper made for the show.

If you’re already part of the #RipperUp movement, our sincerest thanks go out to you for choosing our kayaks and helping us continue to make new and exciting ones (we’re not even close to being done yet!), and if you still haven’t tried a Ripper, get to your local dealer and book a demo now!

02
Oct

Three weeks in the Canadian Arctic in the Fusion

Hood River, Nunavut, Canada

The Barrenlands region in Arctic Canada is an amazing place. Big skies over green tundra, Canadian shield granite ledges, 24-hour daylight, amazing wildlife, and blue rivers. We paddled the Hood River in Nunavut, Canada for 21 days over 250 miles from the source to the mouth at Arctic Sound. The Hood is a classic Barrenlands river. It starts as a series of lakes and then eventually becomes a meandering river with many rapids and several huge waterfalls, until it empties into the Arctic Ocean.

The Fusion was perfect for a trip with a mix of flatwater and whitewater. Logistically, the Fusions took some planning. We needed to get the boats to Yellowknife, NT, charter a bush plane to take us to the put-in, and figure out how to pack three weeks worth of arctic gear and food in the boats. Our first hurdle was finding a pilot who would fly with kayaks. Just like commercial airlines, bush pilots also are prejudice against kayaks. We called several companies and they said they would not take kayaks in the plane even though they would fit within the dimensions of the aircraft. We finally found Ahmic Air. They were awesome!! They shoved both Fusions into one of their beavers and loaded us up without any trouble.

Two Fusions fit inside a beaver

A three-week trip in the arctic takes a good amount of gear – warm clothes, warm sleeping bag, a winter tent, first aid, maps and GPS, repair equipment, bear spray, bug jackets and a bug shelter/rain shelter, fishing gear, stove plus a backup, and enough food and fuel for three weeks. You just need to take the time to develop a system, but everything you need for a trip will easily fit in the Fusion. And lots of dry bags will help!

With everything sorted and packed, I left from northern Idaho on July 1st. I drove up to Yellowknife, NT with the boats and then my husband flew in to meet me three days later. We had our last cold beer and went to the Ahmic Air float base to load up. Winter lingered this year and the spring breakup was later that usual. We had initially planned on starting on Takiyuak Lake, which is the eight largest lake in Nunavut (and there are countless lakes in this region), and then portaging in to the Hood River drainage. But the lake was still covered in ice. We thought about landing on the south end, which was free of ice, and then making our way up north as far as we could and then waiting for the ice to melt. But we feared that we wouldn’t be able to make it to the ocean if we spent too much time on the lake. We ended up flying past the lake and putting in on the first lake in the Hood River drainage proper. We landed and set up camp just in time for a storm to roll in and spent the first two days of the trip hiding in the tent until the storm cleared.

Lake Takiyuak iced over

Landed just before the storm

The first week of the trip was on a series of large lakes interconnected by short spans of river with moving current and rapids. The difficulty of the rapids in this section ranged from class 2 to 4 and one stout waterfall. For the first week the boats were heavy and we had a bow and stern dry bag full of food and extra fuel. The drop down skeg was essential for paddling on the lakes in the wind with the heavy boats.

Rapid on the upper river

Fish watching between lakes

As we continued into the second week of the trip, the river began to take shape. We caught giant lake trout and we saw a grizzly bear and a wolverine!!! We still had to paddle a few lakes, but we also got to see (and portage) three amazing gorges with huge rapids and waterfalls. Portaging usually took two trips. We used an NRS Bill’s Bag as a bulkhead that could easily be removed and filled with gear and carried as a backpack. Then, on the next trip the boat was light enough to drag over the tundra.

First major portage

Second major portage

Third major portage

The amazing waterfalls didn’t end. At the beginning of the third week we arrived at Wilberforce Falls. Wilberforce Falls is the most prominent waterfall above the arctic circle. In two drops, it plunges 197 feet into a deep gorge. The top drop looks runnable, but the second drop looks stout and you can’t see the bottom of the drop. Good luck to whoever gets the first D!!!

First drop Wilberforce

Entrance into the second drop

The long portage, second drop in background

After Wilberforce we could tell we were nearing the ocean. The geology and the vegetation changed to muddy river banks and willows instead of granite and bare tundra. We had one last epic campsite on an island surrounded by waterfalls with an amazing fishing hole.

Island camp

Lake trout

As we paddled our last day, the river became very wide and silty with the entering tributaries and the mud hills. The last set of rapids was formed by a river-wide set of ledges and it actually made a few good surf waves!!

Surf session above the arctic circle

On day 20 we arrived at the mouth of the river and we could stare out into Arctic Sound from our campsite. The river corridor was busy with wildlife near the mouth. There was numerous grizzly bear tracks in the sand and a wolf came right through our camp.

Camp at the mouth

Wolf in camp

We spent the last day hiking through the surrounding hills and out to the ocean past the mouth of the river. Arctic Sound on Bathurst Inlet is a beautiful place. It has a rocky, barren shoreline with glaciated hills that look like flat-top mountains. With binoculars we could see the pack ice way out beyond the inlet.

Arctic Sound

The weather held for our charter flight back to Yellowknife. I helped the pilot refuel the plane and load the Fusions and the gear. Overall, it was a great trip and it was really fun to go on such a long kayaking adventure, and the Fusions were fantastic. Pyranha has even made some updates with the Fusion 2 that would make a whitewater expedition even better. Now there is a center pillar and hull stiffener. The center pillar would have made packing the bow a little more challenging, but it’s totally worth it for making the boat easier to carry and this would have helped a ton during the portages. With a heavy load, the hull stiffener adds needed support because the boat will flex if you pack as much gear as we did. The skeg was absolutely essential on lakes on windy days. Now the skeg control has been moved to in front of the paddler, which would be a lot easier on cold days when your hands barely work. There are also new forged aluminum handles that would have made tying on our auxillary food bags even easier. We definitely want to go on another Arctic trip with the Fusions!!

Loading up to fly home

27
Sep

12R: Off to a Good Start

We haven’t even officially released the 12R yet, and it’s already winning races…
Chris Hipgrave in the Pyranha 12R at the Animal Upper Gauley Race

Photo by Leisure Sports Photography / Whitewater Photography

 
Our US Sales Director, Chris Hipgrave stormed to the finish line in 1st place at “Animal” Upper Gauley Race on Monday; 8 miles of class 4+ whitewater including the infamous rapids like Pillow Rock (pictured), Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweets Falls.
 
Next up, Ocoee Race, Lord of the (Russell) Fork, Green Race, and Tallulah Race!
#12FeetOfFun

25
Sep

A Boat That Can Hold Both Books AND Beer

Upper Green River, WY

Like plenty of stories, this one begins with winning a launch date for the Grand Canyon. Where this story maybe takes a sharp turn was finding a kayak that I could cram a bunch of books inside…

Several years ago, I was sitting with friends on a rental cabin porch in the Appalachians of Tennessee during one of our annual kayaking trips. I started boating in California, and I’d been suggesting we head out west for some expedition trips on big desert rivers.

I was one of the last applicants to join the old Grand Canyon waiting list, which meant I’d carried over extra chances into the new lottery system. I’d failed a few times to win a peak-season trip, but now I suggested we instead use my assisted odds to pick an exact date for a winter trip that we could all agree on. Several of us were teachers, so if we pinpointed the dates just right, we could slip a long trip into our Christmas breaks.

The next February, I entered the lottery and we won a launch date for the second day of winter about 20 months ahead. Then I went one step further, suggesting we do what I now call a fresh-eyes descent, meaning none of us in the group had ever boated the river before. For a number of reasons, I didn’t want to invite any crusty all-knowing canyon veterans along who would lead us down. I’d met too many already, with their do-this, don’t-do-that, this-is-best, that’s-overrated attitudes. Instead, for our first Grand Canyon trip, we’d get our own exploratory expedition—sort of like John Wesley Powell.

But soon I had a major realization. Like Powell, I’d said. Here was a major historical figure I thought of as a hero of mine. We California raft guides and kayakers often talked about Powell with the reverence usually reserved for saints or whoever started In-N-Out Burger. But I knew almost nothing beyond the basics. Powell’s team boated the Grand Canyon first, in 1869, and the crews rowed backward—a few details all reported on a postage stamp!

Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon

So, I started reading. Book after book. Journals, histories, opinions, trip reports. Powell, Dellenbaugh, Stegner, Stanton, Ghiglieri, Dolnick, Zwinger, Belknap, Martin, Fedarko. My head was swimming! There were two expeditions? Powell embellished or maybe lied? The three crewmen who left may have been killed by Mormons who blamed local Shivwits tribesmen? I decided a single Grand trip would not suffice. Like many paddlers, I became infatuated with one of the greatest adventure stories in U.S. history. I wanted to follow Powell’s entire expedition route, which grew in reverence with every new fact I learned. Each controversy only deepened the “fresh eyes” mystery. I wanted to be a Powell Route Pilgrim.

So that’s what I did, but not as I first had hoped. I briefly considered taking a semester off from adjunct teaching and doing the entire route in one go. But I dropped that notion due to financial realities. Then I tried to go in segments, in order, but I couldn’t get the permits to line up with my time off. Instead, I settled on doing the segments, over several years, in whatever order was possible. And I did them all as fresh eyes descents, using a mix of watercraft, including kayak, raft, paddleboard, and packraft.

One day, I found myself only a few months away from doing the first segment and still unsure of what boats to use. With a friend, I’d start from Green River, Wyoming with ten miles of river followed by 85 across Flaming Gorge Reservoir. After the dam was 20 miles of class II whitewater and then even more flatwater. The following section through class III Lodore Canyon would have to wait until I won their lottery. Further down the route, I’d find more class II-III in Deso, more flatwater in the Uinta Basin and Canyonlands, some class III-IV whitewater in Cataract, more flatwater on Lake Powell, plenty of class III-IV whitewater in the Grand Canyon, and—did I mention the flatwater?!—a 50-mile finish on Lake Mead.

Then, my buddy, a Pyranha team paddler, mentioned a new boat option to me. The recently released Pyranha Fusion was a hybrid kayak with a storage hatch and plenty of space. I could drop the skeg and muscle-motor across the long flatwater sections. I could snap on a skirt and buckle my helmet for fun whitewater with a fast longboat profile. So, we picked up a pair of them and never looked back.

Since that time, the boats have been with me and my friends for the entire project that became my recently published book, Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route. Sometimes we did kayak self-support while other times we had them along on larger trips. Sometimes I paddled them and sometimes my friends took them down, as we rotated on the oars of a raft that became a crucial support craft. (I mean I love kayaking, but I also like a cooler with fresh food and cold beer on a multi-week trip in the desert, okay.) The Fusions have touched water in every segment of the 1600-mile route, plus gone with me down many favorite runs, both flatwater and whitewater across a dozen states and counting. We even took them to our annual Appalachian weekend, running them on favorites like the Ocoee and Chattooga.

Butte of the cross, Tower Park

After nearly five years running a medium Fusion, I am happy to report that if you’re looking for a hybrid boat for kayak touring that can handle both flatwater and whitewater (a boat that has space for your history books and some campsite beers), the Fusion is a perfect choice. And if you’re going down the Powell route—a place with rugged canyons full of fascinating history, plus the occasional big-water rapid tucked between long sections of flatwater through unbelievable desert scenery—you’re going to need a boat that can hold books AND beer.

I hope to see you out there!

Mike Bezemek is the author and photographer of books, blogs, and articles for a variety of publications, including Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route and Paddling the Ozarks for Falcon. He paddles the Burn, Machno, Jed, and Fusion.

22
Sep

How to outfit your new Pyranha kayak!

Quick tutorial I made of how I personally take my kayak from factory fresh to river ready in under 30 minutes!

Enjoy you new kayak, see you on the water!

Bren Orton

 

31
Aug

The Stikine~A Full First Person Account

This summer was full of traveling to amazing places but with one end goal in mind. The Stikine. Whitewater of the southeast where I grew up paddling is of a different kind than the Stikine. All summer I pushed myself to focus on paddling big volume rivers unlike the kind found in NC to hopefully prepare myself. After spending two weeks at the North Fork of the Payyette I began to feel at ease about paddling challenging big water.

After that we went to Squamish for some awesome mountain biking (great cardio) and so I could paddle as much as possible  leading up to Stikine season. Tad Dennis from NC also, former US slalom team member, former US freestyle team member and former 2nd place finisher at The North Fork Championship was also in town planning to head north for the Stikine. We paddled the Callaghan several times together and decided to race as a team. The week leading up to the race I tried my best to learn from Tad and pay attention to how he was preparing for the race. Knowing I would need every ounce of energy to keep up with him. We ended up 2nd out of 30 teams so I guess we did something right. All with the Stikine sitting heavily on my mind, knowing any day it could start dropping to the prime levels. During our time in Squamish we paddled Fear Canyon. It was a good step to prepare for the Stikine. Tad and I developed a plan to leave Squamish in his giant red truck and leave my girlfriend Heather and his wife Lisa at a quiet campground outside Whistler. Tad got in touch with Evan Moore and Alec Voorhees who were headed to the Stikine also. We had a crew! The level was still high (around 500 cms) so we waited until a few days after Evan and Alec to head North. After a scinic 20 hour drive we arrived at the putin for the Stikine.

Crossing the metal bridge was monumental. “We made it” “ I never thought I’d actually be doing this” “what the hell are we doing” were just a few thoughts that crossed my mind. Evan and Alec were on a one day lap with Aniol and Benny so we kept driving another 3 hours to meet them at the takeout. I bathed in the river and we cooked food. As soon as we finished eating the boys rolled up. There faces tired and sunburned. “I’ll probably look similar in a few days” I thought. We loaded up and went to the putin where we spent the night with plans to put on the following day for a two day mission. The next morning we arose to a perfect water level (420 cms). We packed our gear and pushed off onto the river.

My large 9r sat slightly lower in the water due to being loaded with probably too much stuff. It paddled differently, better almost. Our crew now included Benny Marr who knows the Stikine like the back of his hand. After paddling in for a little more than an hour we adjusted our gear and dropped into “entrance”. That whole day felt like a dream. I paid close attention to the person I was following, never letting my guard down or becoming complacent. The Stikine demands your attention at all times. Even the flatwater wasn’t flatwater. It was all boils! We battled the whitewater and the boils for most of the afternoon. The canyon walls grew to 1000 feet tall with mountain goats spread along the rugged canyon. The boys fired up site zed. I was the only one that portaged. Tad got the first C1 descent of site zed which was amazing to watch. As I portaged I regretted not running it because it looked better after watching 4 people run it and I could see the rapid better from the portage. It wasn’t long after that and we were at Wolf tracks camp (30 miles in). The best campsite I’ve ever seen. It included a sandy beach, a surf wave, an overhang to sleep beneath and a creek to drink from! I slept horribly due to the mosquitos straight from hell. The weather was warm but my sleeping bag was also warm. This created a battle between getting probed by mosquitos or sweating my ass off in the Dutch oven that was my sleeping bag. I woke up early and made coffee. We all gathered our things and put on our gear at the beach. We moved downstream at a considerably fast pace. Evan and Benny would say “right to left fight the boils” or “left to right fight the boils”. We entered the last canyon that includes Scissors, the Hole that ate Chicago, V drive and Tanzilla slot. After that the river mellows to class 3 for 18 miles until the takeout at Telegraph creek.

Clean lines for everyone throughout the whole canyon made for a successful and fast lap. When we reached the takeout the locals offered us two massive salmon. We bagged the salmon and headed to the putin for another lap. We devised a plan for Evan and Tad to take the vehicles back to the takeout and hitch a ride up for another 2 day mission. Alec and I waited with the gear at the putin all day. Benny and Aniol showed up and put on the river. They were on their own program. The boys never showed up and a little before dark Alec and I found the keys to Benny’s truck and Alec went to locate them. After nearly running out of gas and having to siifen gas from Aniols car in Dease lake, Alec returned without Tad and Evan. He was unable to locate them but found internet and realized they had been in a car accident but were all good. They got a hotel room and thumbed more the next morning. The guys showed up the next morning nearly 24hrs after they left to set shuttle. We didn’t have enough food for a two day so we put on for a one day trip down the canyon. After 7 hours, including running site zed, we arrived at the takeout, had a beer and went back to the top to put on for one final two day lap.

All four of us ran Site Zed. Blue Angeling the largest rapid on the river was the pinnical of my trip. We camped at wolf tracks again. The next day we routed the last gorge and had a relaxing last day on the run out. We went to Dease lake for food and beer to celebrate three successful laps on one of the most difficult sections of whitewater in the world. Then, the next morning we made the 20 hour trek back to Squamish. What an adventure!

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