Luckily, they were both bad ass paddlers and we ended up with an incredible week of paddling. We had high levels most of the week so had to miss out on a few creek runs; but hit the Piatua at the highest level I’ve ever seen it at; got Oyacachi at an awesome high level (twice); got the Upper Jondachi at a perfect medium-high; the Upper Mis and the Lower Cosanga at sweet levels; and waaa-haaa-haaaa, the Quijos at epic floods (see the Torrents blog for more details)–coming next…give me a week or two.
The Piatua was a super great catch. We awoke to a massive rain, thunder and lightening storm. We thought we should still drive out to the Upper Jondachi (plan A) just in case it was a localized storm and was not affecting that river.
So, we drove out there, found the Upper Mis to be a quite high but managable level. Not necesarily a good sign for the Upper J, but we pressed on. We arrived to the Jondachi bridge to find a brown, high and yucky level. So we headed back to the Upper Mis with thoughts on doing laps up there.
I put in a quick phone call to Don who said he was heading to the Piatua with his Torrents crew to check levels. I decided it was worth the risk to stall and wait to hear from Don. So we went to Archidona to kill half an hour while we waited for Don to see the river. Willie entertained himself by eating Quail eggs while Martin entertained himself by fixing up his Go Pro camera for the day.
Then we got the call from Don. The Piatua was high but doable. So we set off for that run. It was SOOO worth the wait. The Upper Misahualli is fun at high water; but the Piatua is really amazingly fun at high water. Sorry…no photos, we were too busy paddling 14 kilometers of insanely continuous IV/IV+ hole-dodging, wave-riding fun!
The next day we headed back to the Upper Jondachi and found it to be a perfect medium-high level.
In the end, we had 7 incredible days of boating. Kayaking in the rainforest is one of the best things in life!