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WV Update

Happy New Year from West-By-God, Smile when you say it Virginia! Fortunatly for everyone in the drought-ridden southeast, 2009 has brought water, and for us folks in Fayetteville, that means two things…steep creeks and the New River Dries!

We started things off late last week with a Dries/Mill Creek doubleheader. The put in waves were less than ideal, but my good friends Marlow Long and Tanya Shuman joined me for a 28 degree surf session. Here’s some pics, courtesy of Tanya Shuman.

Loading up the Suby in the snow...

Loading up the Suby in the snow… T and Mar

Surfing the middle wave...

Surfing the middle wave…

A little perspective

A little perspectiveAfter the Dries, I met up with Jeremy Laucks and my good friend Casey Cunningham to go run Mill Creek at about 10". Mill is a great creek to bomb down on a cold winter evening. 2.5 Miles…the first mile is some good class IV warmup, then a 20' er, then quality class V until it reaches Hawks Nest Lake. Here's some shots of Mill, courtesy of Jeremy and Casey. Jeremy drops the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Falls from downstream

Falls from downstream

Dropping into Headless Horseman...showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Dropping into Headless Horseman…showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Success! I still have a head!

Success! I still have a head!

Dry Line Falls

Dry Line Falls

Mill takeout. Brrr...

Mill takeout. Brrr…Friday brought some sunshine, and dropped the Dries waves in to the perfect level. Pics courtesy of Bryan Kirk, Casey Cunningham, Jeremy Laucks. Less than warm..

a little pan am action

a little pan am action

I like clean blunts and I can not lie...

I like clean blunts and I can not lie…

McWavetrick..

McWavetrick..

some more clean action..

some more clean action..

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge...

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge…

Yesterday, myself, BKirk, Jeremy and fellow Magnum paddler Shane Groves hit up Manns Creek at a fun juicy level (7″). No pics since it was very cold and snowing the whole time, but it was a blast. I’m really enjoying getting to know the boats and bombing down a run I know super well is a great way to do it!
Temps are about to turn cold (high of 11 degrees here on Friday) later this week, so I’m going to go surf while I can. Hopefully tomorrow I can go try out my shiny new Magnum 80! Catch ya next time!
-Brian Jennings
Team Riot Kayaks

WV Update

Happy New Year from West-By-God, Smile when you say it Virginia! Fortunatly for everyone in the drought-ridden southeast, 2009 has brought water, and for us folks in Fayetteville, that means two things…steep creeks and the New River Dries!

We started things off late last week with a Dries/Mill Creek doubleheader. The put in waves were less than ideal, but my good friends Marlow Long and Tanya Shuman joined me for a 28 degree surf session. Here’s some pics, courtesy of Tanya Shuman.

Loading up the Suby in the snow...

Loading up the Suby in the snow… T and Mar

Surfing the middle wave...

Surfing the middle wave…

A little perspective

A little perspectiveAfter the Dries, I met up with Jeremy Laucks and my good friend Casey Cunningham to go run Mill Creek at about 10". Mill is a great creek to bomb down on a cold winter evening. 2.5 Miles…the first mile is some good class IV warmup, then a 20' er, then quality class V until it reaches Hawks Nest Lake. Here's some shots of Mill, courtesy of Jeremy and Casey. Jeremy drops the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Falls from downstream

Falls from downstream

Dropping into Headless Horseman...showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Dropping into Headless Horseman…showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Success! I still have a head!

Success! I still have a head!

Dry Line Falls

Dry Line Falls

Mill takeout. Brrr...

Mill takeout. Brrr…Friday brought some sunshine, and dropped the Dries waves in to the perfect level. Pics courtesy of Bryan Kirk, Casey Cunningham, Jeremy Laucks. Less than warm..

a little pan am action

a little pan am action

I like clean blunts and I can not lie...

I like clean blunts and I can not lie…

McWavetrick..

McWavetrick..

some more clean action..

some more clean action..

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge...

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge…

Yesterday, myself, BKirk, Jeremy and fellow Magnum paddler Shane Groves hit up Manns Creek at a fun juicy level (7″). No pics since it was very cold and snowing the whole time, but it was a blast. I’m really enjoying getting to know the boats and bombing down a run I know super well is a great way to do it!
Temps are about to turn cold (high of 11 degrees here on Friday) later this week, so I’m going to go surf while I can. Hopefully tomorrow I can go try out my shiny new Magnum 80! Catch ya next time!
-Brian Jennings
Team Riot Kayaks

WV Update

Happy New Year from West-By-God, Smile when you say it Virginia! Fortunatly for everyone in the drought-ridden southeast, 2009 has brought water, and for us folks in Fayetteville, that means two things…steep creeks and the New River Dries!

We started things off late last week with a Dries/Mill Creek doubleheader. The put in waves were less than ideal, but my good friends Marlow Long and Tanya Shuman joined me for a 28 degree surf session. Here’s some pics, courtesy of Tanya Shuman.

Loading up the Suby in the snow...

Loading up the Suby in the snow… T and Mar

Surfing the middle wave...

Surfing the middle wave…

A little perspective

A little perspectiveAfter the Dries, I met up with Jeremy Laucks and my good friend Casey Cunningham to go run Mill Creek at about 10". Mill is a great creek to bomb down on a cold winter evening. 2.5 Miles…the first mile is some good class IV warmup, then a 20' er, then quality class V until it reaches Hawks Nest Lake. Here's some shots of Mill, courtesy of Jeremy and Casey. Jeremy drops the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Right Line @ the falls

Falls from downstream

Falls from downstream

Dropping into Headless Horseman...showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Dropping into Headless Horseman…showing off Riot's new Gunmetal color

Success! I still have a head!

Success! I still have a head!

Dry Line Falls

Dry Line Falls

Mill takeout. Brrr...

Mill takeout. Brrr…Friday brought some sunshine, and dropped the Dries waves in to the perfect level. Pics courtesy of Bryan Kirk, Casey Cunningham, Jeremy Laucks. Less than warm..

a little pan am action

a little pan am action

I like clean blunts and I can not lie...

I like clean blunts and I can not lie…

McWavetrick..

McWavetrick..

some more clean action..

some more clean action..

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge...

Surfing the big one, shot from the bridge…

Yesterday, myself, BKirk, Jeremy and fellow Magnum paddler Shane Groves hit up Manns Creek at a fun juicy level (7″). No pics since it was very cold and snowing the whole time, but it was a blast. I’m really enjoying getting to know the boats and bombing down a run I know super well is a great way to do it!
Temps are about to turn cold (high of 11 degrees here on Friday) later this week, so I’m going to go surf while I can. Hopefully tomorrow I can go try out my shiny new Magnum 80! Catch ya next time!
-Brian Jennings
Team Riot Kayaks

RiotKayaks.com Updated

Many of our viewers and fans have asked when RiotKayaks.com would be revamped.  Today we have done the deed.  We updated all our boats and products from A to Z with specs, product shots, action photos and more.  Thanks to our customers, dealers, distributors & team for helping make Riot the best kayak brand in the world.

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Check out Danny Doran

Happy Birthday to Danny Doran, Northeastern Regional Team Riot Paddler!

Team Riot:
North America, United States: North-East,
Development

Birth Date: December 30, 1992

Home: Rochester, New York, USA

Favorite Riot boat and size: Flair 47

Height, Weight, Shoe Size, Inseam length:
5 feet 10 inches, 140 pounds, size 10.5 shoe

Kayaking has pretty much consumed my life since I was 9. I started at Lock 32 Whitewater Park in Pittsford, NY and ever since my first class I have been hooked, now I am 15 and I kayak almost every day. I teach kayaking, and I go to World Class Kayak Academy. Recently, I traveled down to Chile and had an amazing experience, Next year in January I plan on going to the China/West Coast tour with WCKA.

Social Networks:

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We were almost home when…

We decided to take a trip to Mexico. None of us (JJ. Shepard, Toby Mac Dermott, and myself, Nate Elliott) had been there before, but it seemed like a good place to go for a few reasons; we could drive, the timing was right (Nov.-Dec) and there would be waterfalls.  We all have crappy vehicles but we decided that my 1991 Toyota pickup with 302,000 miles on it would be our best bet.  We packed light and hit the road.  It was nice to be able to go kayaking somewhere exotic and not have to sneak our boats through the airline check-in gauntlet.

Our ride

Our ride

It took us about 24hrs to get to the border in Brownsville, Tx from Asheville, NC.  From the border to the Rio Salto was 6-8 hours.  It was our first glimpse of the travertine rivers of Mexico.

 Rio Salto

Toby on the first drop of the trip–Rio Salto

JJ same drop

JJ same drop

Same drop different line–Rio Salto

Next we headed downstream to the Cascadas Micos, the class 3 travertine waterfall run.

Shrine at the Micos

Shrine at the Micos

The Micos has 7 drops, pretty much point and shoot 6 to 18 footers, with a monster at the put-in.  None of us wanted any of the big one 65ft+/-(it has broken some backs).

The big one

The big one

Typical Micos

Typical Micos

After receiving some info about more rivers in the area from Adam Goshorn, we headed to the Rio Minas Viejas.  Another travertine river, the Minas Viejas flows into the Rio Salto above the Micos Section.

JJ eating rock--Minas Viejas

JJ eating rock–Minas Viejas

Eating rock (not really)

More eating rock

Minas Viejas started with travertine drops and then ended following a limestone gorge (below).

Limestone gorge--Minas Viejas

Nate E–Limestone gorge-Minas Viejas–JJ pic

Rio Verde Day 1

Our next river trip was three days on the Rio Verde.  Luckily, we met up with some more boaters who knew where to go.  Our crew grew with the editions of Ross Elgin, Rocky Cantos, Nate Lesch-Huie, and James Duesenberry.  We knew there were some big falls on the first day.  The guidebook claimed the first one was 30m.  It was hard to tell how big it was from the lip, but it looked big.  I jumped from river left rather than rappel and the drop looked to be 40-50ft from the bottom.  James went first then Nate Lesch-Huie.

Nate Lesch-Huie first drop--Rio Verde

Nate Lesch-Huie first drop–Rio Verde Day1

JJ jumping

JJ jumping

The next drop was an s-turn off 18 footer.  You want to boof it.

James--drop 2--Rio Verde Day 1

James–drop 2–Rio Verde Day 1

Nate E.---same drop

Nate E.—same drop–pic by Rocky

JJ--same drop--Rio Verde day 1

JJ–same drop–Rio Verde day 1

Around the next corner, your choice, a fifteen footer or a 5 into a 10.

Nate E--Third drop--Rio Verde pic JJ

Nate E–Third drop–Rio Verde pic JJ

James and Nate Lesch-Huie--Rio Verde Day 1

James and Nate Lesch-Huie–Rio Verde Day 1–pic Rocky

After another nice 8ft ledge we got to a huge one.

JJ--8 footer--Rio Verde

JJ–8 footer–Rio Verde

The huge one was about 120ft tall.  We lowered the boats using a climbing rope and then we had the option of either rappelling or taking the scariest trail I’ve ever used on the side of any river.  I took the trail, next time I’ll rappell.

Boats in route--Rio Verde Day 1-pic by Rocky

Boats in route–Rio Verde Day 1-pic by Rocky

Nate Lesch-Huie on the ropes

Nate Lesch-Huie on the ropes

Unfortunately, our new friend Nate Lesch-Huie dislocated his shoulder in the first rapid below the big portage.  After JJ popped it back in we needed to get Nate out of there.  He paddled the flats and we all took turns paddling the extra boat through the rapids.

Nate E--Rio Verde day 1--pic by Rocky

Nate E–Rio Verde day 1–pic by Rocky

There were a few more good rapids before we hit the flat water.  We camped at a bridge in a small town.

Rio Verde Day 2

We put in where we took out the day before.  It was really nice to be doing the river in three days but we had all the luxuries of home (my truck).  With Nate L-H hurt he was taking care of our shuttles.   This saved us huge in time and money.  Thanks again Nate.

Toby-Rio Verde Day 2

Toby-Rio Verde Day 2

JJ--Rio Verde Day 2

JJ–Rio Verde Day 2

Day 2 had a handful of nice technical drops in a beautiful canyon.  Then we got to a big one.  I’d seen footage of the drop from the Alabama crew, but we had 2 or 3 times as much water.  James went first, went deep, and came up looking good.

James--Rio Verde Day 2

James–Rio Verde Day 2

Toby went second and looked fine.

Toby--same drop

Toby–same drop

Nate E--same drop--Rio Verde Day 2

Nate E–Rio Verde Day 2

I went last, went deep and came up sidesurfing.  I swam.

Rio Verde Day 3

The third day the Verde was to go through a limestone canyon that reportedly had a horrific sieve/portage in the middle of the gorge.  As it turned out the gorge was pretty manageable with a couple of portages.  We paddled the Verde into the Santa Maria.

Seal launching into the third canyon of the Verde

Dropping in -- Rio Verde Day 3

Dropping in — Rio Verde Day 3– Above the sieve

Nate--Above the sieve--Rio Verde Day 3

Nate–Above the sieve–Rio Verde Day 3

Rio Verde Day 3

Rio Verde Day 3

Coming out from the sieve--Rio Verde Day 3

Coming out from the sieve–Rio Verde Day 3

Our next stop, after eating some chickens, was at the Puente de Dios (bridge of the gods).  It was a nice two part drop, park and huck style, that had become a tourist stop.  The bridge was a limestone cave that the entire river went through directly after the second drop.  Regardless of how it sounds it wasn’t dangerous.

Toby--Puente de Dios --top drop

Toby–Puente de Dios –top drop

JJ--Puente de Dios--2nd drop

JJ–Puente de Dios–2nd drop

Nate--same drop

Nate–same drop–pic by JJ

Brian the Hippie and Toby in the cave

Brian the Hippie and Toby in the cave

We couldn’t get into the cave in our boats so we had to swim up to the crack and shove our boats through.  Once inside we got back into our boats and paddled out.

Heading South to the State of Veracruz

Tlapacoyan was our next destination.  We wanted to see the Alseseca.

The roadside section was first.

James--Roadside Alseseca

James–Roadside Alseseca

JJ--Roadside Alseseca

JJ–Roadside Alseseca

Toby--S-turn--Alseseca roadside

Toby–S-turn–Alseseca roadside

Then Pezma ranch to Tomata Falls

JJ--Pezma Ranch--Alseseca

JJ–Pezma Ranch–Alseseca

James at Tomata Falls

James at Tomata Falls

There are several sections on the Alseseca that can be broken up into many different variations.  We liked the section between Big Banana Falls and the Tomato Bridge.  This section takes you through the nice Pezma Ranch section as well.

Big Banana Falls--Alseseca

Big Banana Falls–Alseseca

Its a jungle out there

Its a jungle out there

Rocky Cantos--Big Banana-Tomata--Alseseca

Rocky Cantos–Big Banana-Tomata–Alseseca

This is a really nice 20ft drop that commits you to the canyon below.

Nate--Big Banana to Tomata--pic by Rocky

Nate E–Big Banana to Tomata–pic by Rocky

After the waterfall is a slide/plug where the river chokes down and drops into the slot canyon.  No portage possible.

Scouting the plug--pic by Rocky

Scouting the plug–pic by Rocky

Nate--Next drop--pic by Rocky

Nate E–Slide/Plug into Canyon–pic by Rocky

Toby--Big Banana to Tomata--Alseseca

Toby–Big Banana to Tomata–Alseseca

JJ--drop above Pezma Ranch--Alseseca

JJ–Last drop above Pezma Ranch–Alseseca

Same drop–Alseseca pic by Rocky
Nate E--same drop--Alseseca--pic JJ

Nate E–same drop–Alseseca–pic JJ

Toby--Double Drop--Pezma Ranch Alseseca

Toby–Double Drop–Pezma Ranch Alseseca

A different section that we attempted is the section below the two Tomata Falls.  Toby and I did a 120ft rappel into the canyon below the drop the Hale/Grace ran in Burning Time.  We were told there were seven class 5 drops (con fuerza) in there.  Since there were only two of us and it was really dark, there aren’t many photos.  We ran three of the seven drops before we got to a rapid neither of us wanted any of.  And since portaging wasn’t an option we climbed out (not easy).

Toby after the rappel in below the 2nd Tomata Falls

Toby after the rappel in below the 2nd Tomata Falls–Alseseca

Another run in the Tlapacoyan area we did was the Upper Upper Filo through the regular Filo Bobos.  It was a long shuttle and a long run.  It consists of about 10 miles of Class IV boulder gardens througha spectacular gorge before flattening out into the regular Filo Bobos section.  We think it was about 20 miles total.

Put in for Upper Upper Filos

Put in for Upper Upper Filos

Lunch at the confluence of the Filo and Bobos

Lunch at the confluence of the Filo and Bobos

South to Oaxaca

Having had our fill of the Alseseca, and wanting an overnight river trip before we had to go home, we headed south to the state of Oaxaca for the Rio Santo Domingo.

Toby ready to travel to Oaxaca

Toby ready to travel to Oaxaca

Mt. Orizaba en route to Oaxaca

Mt. Orizaba en route to Oaxaca

The Rio Santo Domingo Starts high in the desert and ends 65km later in a more tropical area.  We had a half day of flat water, a full day of Class IV and then another half day of flat water.  The entire trip we were deep inside a remote canyon.

Put-in at Santo Domingo

Put-in at Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Day 1--pic by Rocky

Santo Domingo Day 1–pic by Rocky

Santo Domingo Day 1--pic by Rocky

Santo Domingo Day 1–pic by Rocky

Day 2--heading into the main canyon--Rio Santo Domingo

Day 2–Heading into the main canyon–Rio Santo Domingo

Rocky Cantos--Day 2--Santo Domingo

Rocky Cantos–Day 2–Rio Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo--pic by Rocky

Santo Domingo–pic by Rocky

Nate Lesch-Huie (jumping) and James

Nate Lesch-Huie (jumping) and James

After we finished on the Santo Domingo we said goodbye to Nate L-H and James, and we headed north with Rocky.  We drove to Jalcomuco for one last run before the real drive north.  We were going to the Barranca Grande, a river that I had been told to check out, but I’d also been told not to bother with.  The guidebook described it one long rapid from start to finish. Not quite.  The run is 20 miles long and it took us 4 hours.  Then we headed home.

Back in the USA

We entered the United States in Brownsville, Tx around midnight the next day.  It had gotten noticably cold.  I took my turn in the back of the truck after my driving shift.  When I awoke we were in Houston and there was snow/ice everywhere.  We battled the traffic all morning.  Nearing New Orleans we ditched the interstate.  I was driving on a highway that parallels the interstate, when I wrecked.  We slid off the highway and smashed into the woods hitting two trees.  The main impact came to the passengerside headlight/bumper/sheetmetal.  After checking on JJ, who had been sleeping in the back, we took in the situation.  The bumper/sheetmetal were smashed into the front right tire.  The wheel couldn’t turn.  We sent JJ(he had no shoes) to a gas station with some passerby and Toby and I waited for AAA(2-3hr wait).  The radiator seemed alright, the belts and fans were unobstructed.  The battery had some cracks in it, but didn’t seem to be leaking any fluids.  We had just finished tying the boats back on when a big truck stopped on the road.  The passenger was drinking a 24oz beer and the driver was another fellow our age.  They had a chain and a huge truck.  We jerked the truck off the trees and out of the ditch.  Then we started on the body.  We jerked the bumper and sheetmetal free of the tire and got it rolling.

Toby's new truck

Toby's new truck

Then we ckanked it up.  We found JJ, went to an auto parts store, got a new headlight rigged in, and debated our next move.  We decided to go for it.  It was time to get home.  After another mechanical stop due to a horrible wobble, we found the rim was bent.  A change to the spare and a parking lot alignment later we were on the road again.  We pushed on through the night and got home the next morning.  Toby bought my truck from me for $400 and I got a newer one (93 white 220k) for $900.

Made it

Made it

Great trip, I’ll be going back.

Nate Elliott

Check out Anne Hübner

Happy Birthday to Anne Hübner, German National Riot Team Member

Team Riot:
National, Europe,
Germany:

Birth Date: 12.23.1984

Home: Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz

Favorite Riot boat and size: Magnum 72, Flair 47

Height, Weight, Shoe Size, Inseam length:
168cm, 58kg, German 39 shoe

I enjoy every day paddling a beautiful river.

Karnali river complete

Since now more then one month, I’m here in Nepal for doing some great kayaking. Between the highest mountains on earth are a lot of deep gorges with powerful whitewater, far away from any road or big villages. Together with Swiss Luke Wielatt, Czech Jakub Nemec and German Sebastian Striebel, we did at the beginning of our trip some nice rivers which took us between one and four days each, but then we get hot for a bigger mission.- The Karnali river from top to bottom.

Humla Karnali

Humla Karnali

14 days kayaking, totally self supported, whitewater between class 3 and 5, only several portages and the first road bridge is after 385km by the take-out! At the lower part lot of jungle wildlife with panthers, tigers, monkeys, crocodiles, pythons and local people which have seen only a few westerns.

Jakub follows Sebastian trough chunky whitewater

Jakub follows Sebastian trough chunky whitewater

local kids in Simikot

local kids in Simikot


To get to the put-in was a mission itself. First we took a local bus from Pohkara to Nepalgunj in the south-west of Nepal. For the 14 hour bus ride we had a very special and comfortable place on the roof rack! Once arrived there, we had to find a flight to Simikot. Simikot has one of the most dangerous airports in the world and only a few planes can flight to this beautifully little town close to the Tibetan boarder, 3000 meter above sea level. We were so lucky to get a flight after two days waiting. Together with four other passengers, four kayaks and a lot of rice from the UN-world food program we took place in this little plane. The flight was awesome and finally we set up on a 300 meter long gravel road between huge mountains. Scary for us, lot of fun for the pilot i think!

bus ride on the roof rack for 14 hours

bus ride on the roof rack for 14 hours

just arrived in Simikot, put in of the Humla Karnali

just arrived in Simikot, put in of the Humla Karnali

After one day chill-out, some hiking and make everything ready for the mission, we could hire some porters who carried our kayaks 1000 meter down to the Humla-Karnali. The first kilometers were easy class 3, but then the valley narrows and the rapids get harder and harder. One the third day we came to a absolutely unrunnable section of 1,5 km and the portage took us one day. Finally we found hungry and tired a beautifully beach with lots of firewood where we could cook our rice and tea like every day.

hiking down to the river

hiking down to the river

tecnical whitewater at the beginning

technical whitewater at the beginning

campfire every night...yeahh

campfire every night…yeahh

The next 250 km were just great, powerful and difficult whitewater in an incredible valley. The river gets bigger and bigger with every side creek and had flow in the end of about 300qm3/s. very interesting was the vegetation. We paddled down from the highland with not many trees and cold temperatures in the night, to the jungle on an altitude by the take out of 195meters!

Luke Wielatt get scrued

Luke Wielatt get screwed

me in one of hundrets rapids

me in one of hundreds rapids

Riot Thunder 76 packed with gear and food for 14 days!

Riot Thunder 76 packed with gear and food for 14 days!

One hard thing on the trip was the food. We had only rice and instant noodles with us, but sometimes we could buy a chicken or fish from the farmers on the riverside. The hardest part but came in the end. 105km flat water! On the second last day we made 85kilometers and were absolutely tired and endless happy as we arrived by the take out in Chisapani. Finally we cached a bus back to Pohkara and now I can look back to one of the best, maybe the best multiday Trip on earth, definitely the best one I ever had. That’s a great feeling!

mhhh...fish for dinner

mhhh…fish for dinner

Luke's boofing...

Luke's boofing…

very nice, but flat for 100km

very nice, but flat for 100km

Thanks to the team for this great adventure and special Luke and Sebastian for the pictures!

Karnali river complete

Since now more then one month, I’m here in Nepal for doing some great kayaking. Between the highest mountains on earth are a lot of deep gorges with powerful whitewater, far away from any road or big villages. Together with Swiss Luke Wielatt, Czech Jakub Nemec and German Sebastian Striebel, we did at the beginning of our trip some nice rivers which took us between one and four days each, but then we get hot for a bigger mission.- The Karnali river from top to bottom.

Humla Karnali

Humla Karnali

14 days kayaking, totally self supported, whitewater between class 3 and 5, only several portages and the first road bridge is after 385km by the take-out! At the lower part lot of jungle wildlife with panthers, tigers, monkeys, crocodiles, pythons and local people which have seen only a few westerns.

Jakub follows Sebastian trough chunky whitewater

Jakub follows Sebastian trough chunky whitewater

local kids in Simikot

local kids in Simikot


To get to the put-in was a mission itself. First we took a local bus from Pohkara to Nepalgunj in the south-west of Nepal. For the 14 hour bus ride we had a very special and comfortable place on the roof rack! Once arrived there, we had to find a flight to Simikot. Simikot has one of the most dangerous airports in the world and only a few planes can flight to this beautifully little town close to the Tibetan boarder, 3000 meter above sea level. We were so lucky to get a flight after two days waiting. Together with four other passengers, four kayaks and a lot of rice from the UN-world food program we took place in this little plane. The flight was awesome and finally we set up on a 300 meter long gravel road between huge mountains. Scary for us, lot of fun for the pilot i think!

bus ride on the roof rack for 14 hours

bus ride on the roof rack for 14 hours

just arrived in Simikot, put in of the Humla Karnali

just arrived in Simikot, put in of the Humla Karnali

After one day chill-out, some hiking and make everything ready for the mission, we could hire some porters who carried our kayaks 1000 meter down to the Humla-Karnali. The first kilometers were easy class 3, but then the valley narrows and the rapids get harder and harder. One the third day we came to a absolutely unrunnable section of 1,5 km and the portage took us one day. Finally we found hungry and tired a beautifully beach with lots of firewood where we could cook our rice and tea like every day.

hiking down to the river

hiking down to the river

tecnical whitewater at the beginning

technical whitewater at the beginning

campfire every night...yeahh

campfire every night…yeahh

The next 250 km were just great, powerful and difficult whitewater in an incredible valley. The river gets bigger and bigger with every side creek and had flow in the end of about 300qm3/s. very interesting was the vegetation. We paddled down from the highland with not many trees and cold temperatures in the night, to the jungle on an altitude by the take out of 195meters!

Luke Wielatt get scrued

Luke Wielatt get screwed

me in one of hundrets rapids

me in one of hundreds rapids

Riot Thunder 76 packed with gear and food for 14 days!

Riot Thunder 76 packed with gear and food for 14 days!

One hard thing on the trip was the food. We had only rice and instant noodles with us, but sometimes we could buy a chicken or fish from the farmers on the riverside. The hardest part but came in the end. 105km flat water! On the second last day we made 85kilometers and were absolutely tired and endless happy as we arrived by the take out in Chisapani. Finally we cached a bus back to Pohkara and now I can look back to one of the best, maybe the best multiday Trip on earth, definitely the best one I ever had. That’s a great feeling!

mhhh...fish for dinner

mhhh…fish for dinner

Luke's boofing...

Luke's boofing…

very nice, but flat for 100km

very nice, but flat for 100km

Thanks to the team for this great adventure and special Luke and Sebastian for the pictures!

Steve Fisher and Pat Camblin complete 400kms Self Support

Part of the Manic 5 Resevoir

Part of the Manic 5 Resevoir

On September 22nd Canadian Pat Camblin and South African brothers Dave and Steve Fisher embarked on a 400km expedition down the Pekans and Moisie Rivers in North East Quebec. Usually taking 14-21 days, these rivers have long been a favorite route amongst committed wilderness canoeists, the canoeists able to speed through the flat sections but unable to navigate many of the rapids. This descent was self supported in whitewater kayaks with the goal of running all of the previously un-run waterfalls and rapids. Because of the cold weather and limited carrying capacity of whitewater kayaks, the team was only able to bring 9 days worth of rations (1200 calories a day) – they anticipated it would take them 14 days to complete. How did they fare? 11 days later they arrived tired and hungry successfully descending all but 2 drops, catching fish to subsidize their food rations and also hiking up 3 previously un-run tributaries to kayak more rapids.

Dropping the boats at the Put in.  -10 and snowing.

Dropping the boats at the Put in. -10 and snowing.

Put in photo.  Thanks for your help Victor!

Put in photo. Thanks for your help Victor!

Camp 1

Camp 1

Camp 2

Camp 2

3 big dudes, one small tent...

3 big dudes, one small tent…

Day 3 morning catch - big pike

Day 3 morning catch – big pike

flat water ahh shiiit

flat water ahh shiiit

'first scout', Day 4 nearing the Pekans/Moisie confluence

'first scout', Day 4 nearing the Pekans/Moisie confluence

Pat Camblin, fully loaded - 300kms to go

Pat Camblin, fully loaded – 300kms to go

Patrick on a sweet 10footer

Patrick on a sweet 10footer

Day 5, Steve Fisher starting the descent into the Moisie proper

Day 5, Steve Fisher starting the descent into the Moisie proper

Steve checking the gps

Steve checking the gps

Steve charging a sick 25' sloper

Steve charging a sick 25' sloper

same drop from above

same drop from above

End of a great day 5, successfully into the Moisie proper with a feast in hand

End of a great day 5, successfully into the Moisie proper with a feast in hand

monster!

monster!

Day 6

Day 6

Day 6 lunch, leftovers

Day 6 lunch, leftovers

dave charging a backed up ledge

dave charging a backed up ledge

dave is pretty good with a slingshot

dave is pretty good with a slingshot

Day 7, improvised camp

Day 7, improvised camp

one of the moisie tributaries

one of the moisie tributaries

moisie trib

moisie trib

morning of day 8, another trib

morning of day 8, another trib

the imposing walls of the 'final canyon'

the imposing walls of the 'final canyon'

Steve and Patrick in the entrance to 'final canyon'

Steve and Patrick in the entrance to 'final canyon'

fresh trout, camp 9

fresh trout, camp 9

Day 10, another trib

Day 10, another trib

Day 11 lunch, the last of our food, 30kms from finish

Day 11 lunch, the last of our food, 30kms from finish