After 8 long months of suffering through our jobs back in the US, Don, Larry, and I are happily back in Ecuador–the land of amazing topography, world class whitewater, friendly people, and all around good living (I’m especially thinking of the fact that Lily cooks us outstanding meals everyday and all we have to do is go kayaking)! Hillary, one of our new guides, checks out the scenery on the Lower Quijos. This run is a jungle-covered day trip version of the Grand Canyon. At the bottome of a deep, rainforest-covered gorge lies numerous big water Class III and IV rapids. As if that weren’t enough, Hillary saw a monkey on this trip! Too bad David and I were day dreaming and missed it.
Darcy G. running one of the numerous drops on the Piatua. I think the boys named this drop “Gum Shaker.” You’ll have to come to Ecuador to find out for yourself what that means–don’t worry, it has NOTHING to do with the gums that hold your teeth in.
At the take-out, Roger convinced a local to give him a ride across the river in the Tarabita (cable car). It turned out to be a long swim back to the van for Roger…
The Jefe Grande is a sweet boat, but damn it’s heavy!
Don boofing his way off the Papallacta and into the Quijos.
To read more about our last trip (from an unbiased source) check out Bryan’s post at http://www.astralbuoyancy.com/02/news/