We had a great crew of paddlers this week for our Torrents trip, and we pulled off 7 days of paddling on some of the most classic runs in Ecuador.
Lex leading the charge through Pica Piedra on the Rio Quijos.
Day 2, we put in right in front of our lodge and paddled down through El Chaco Canyon. The water level was a stout medium, and the rapid El Toro served up a little bit of a kick in the pants, but all and all it was a great day.
Anders G-$ busting through a wave.
Mark, representing the C-1 world, in front of our Sprinter on the way to Tena.
Day 3 we headed over to Tena to check out some of the low volume creek runs that area has to offer (Mark was pretty happy when we mentioned the word “creeking.”
We ate lunch at the put in of our run and had a little visiter to keep us company.
Then, our visiter got a little friendly with Sam…
Mark and his new buddy
And, yes, there really was a dog barking–would we lie?
At the put in, it was an oddly cold day in Tena, and Sara was doubting all my claims about the inferno that is the Napo Valley. Luckily, things warmed up and eventually, people had to jump in to cool off! This certainly is a nice change of pace from -5 temps back home.
Day 4: Piatua. Please note how high that bridge support looks now…
And now? We barely made it!
Almost at the put in.
Brad boofing his way down “gum shaker”
Mark approaching “the Groove”
Don and Brad enjoying the fresh air and scenery from the back of our taxi.
Don approaching the crux of Serpentine