Job done... yet it needs a bit more charm, can never have too much charm
Right that’s the van done lets go kayaking… destination
Moss covered trees of the Little White
EJ getting straight amongst it at Bolder Sluice
With a successful run of the Green Truss under our belts we were rejoined by the rest of the group from
Chris Gabrielli getting air at Sacriledge
And I think he likes it
Chris K isn't so sure though (of what however, I think only he knows)
Maybe it is how many kayakers are on the run. Believe it or not, that wasn't all of us ;-)
Well all the rivers round Hood River are pretty well documented and get paddled all the time so it is not a true adventure in the sense of the word but we didn’t let that stop us!! Leave it to us to turn a hour long Little White run into an all day mission. First of all you need to start the day with the biggest groups you could imagine (so even the biggest eddy’s on the river wont hold all of you), then make sure there is a good ratio of people who haven’t paddled the river before and finally and perhaps key bring along pre-cracked kayaks with dodgy repairs and not enough split paddles.
Richard not missing out on his chance for air time
And sticking the whole line to boot (first time on the Little White and paddling it like a seasoned pro - nice going Richard)
Jeff searching for fish... I guess you have to go deep to find to best ones
Well we already had some dodgy pre-cracked kayaks and not enough split paddles but we felt that the group wasn’t quite big enough… no problem we’ll just find some more people!! “Job done” as my boss at work would say. So our expanded group of eleven put on the Little White for our wonderful adventure… five and a half hours latter the last of the tired cold hungry kayakers took off the river. Some egos had taken a bit of a bruising and a few pockets had taken a little hit but fortunately all bodies were still intact. Actually I’m making it sound worse than it really was but it still had to be described as a mission.
Eli doing some impromptu underwater caving... his buddy lost his kayak in the cave under the rock wall and Eli swam under there to get it back... what a good fella
The spectators enjoying the caving action. If you look at the bottom left corner you can just see Eli!!!
Right so here is the breakdown…
1) EJ got pinned at the first drop and swam. His boat made a much nicer platform to boof off than the rocks that trapped him. Way to take one for the team EJ!
2) Richard dropped his camera while helping to retrieve EJ’s boat. Lucky for Richard the camera was waterproof and five minutes duck diving saw him and the camera reunited.
3) I re-broke the kayak I was paddling just before S-turn rapid and so enjoyed some extra hole punching weight in my boat, at the expense of manoeuvrability. The trade was later described as ‘fair’
4) Shaun had a token swim and nice self rescue might I add, at
5) EJ lost his paddle at the top of the narrow gorge above Horse Shoe hole but managed to paddle the gorge and eddy out before the hole. A pretty good effort and it turned out the paddle he was using was one that we found that day anyway… easy come easy go eh EJ.
6) Rick broke his paddle at
7) The remaining group pull out some Macgyver tricks and fashion a makeshift paddle from a couple of pieces of paddle blade found at the bottom of Spirit Fall (while retrieving Rick's kayak) which Eli nominates himself to use.
8) The Macgyver paddle disintegrates at Master Blaster rapid and Eli swims... bugger au.
Moments before disaster... Rick just before he breaks his paddle and goes deep at Spirit
The boat retrieval in full swing. Nick jumped at the opportunity to abseil down and get Rick's boat... the rest of us stood back and let him go to it... 'sure Nick I'll take pictures'
Well as you can see lots of little dramas but nothing to scary to really that serious… just another day on the Little White.