Darren nailing his boof in Black Rock Orange Rock
Day 4, the Oyacachi dropped just enough for us to paddle it. It was quite a stout level for this VERY continuous run, but we had the right crew for it. Everyone rallied and kicked some ass out there!
Sheldon and Luke finishing the upper half of the run.
We all put on our elbow pads and were ready for some low volume creeking…we´ll, there were rocks in the river, but this scene was pretty typical. It was much more like pushy river running than creeking.
The Oyacachi is 6 miles of very continous whitewater (especially at the level we saw it at). It´s important to remember to breath every now and then or you´ll wear yourself out!
Put in on day 5. So, it wasn´t our first choice, but it was still damn fun and damn beautiful. Check out that jungle in the background!
So, then, after a great day on the Oyacachi, we heading off into the land of the hidden rivers. Unfortunately, on day 5 the rivers were hidden under a massive rain cloud! Our plan A that day didn´t quite work out. We woke up early to embark upon a 2 hour hike into the river, but when we arrived at the trailhead, our trail looked much more like a waterfall than a trail. So, we abandoned the mission and went searching for other runs. We decided upon a BIG water run. Not overly challenging, but a nice rest day after 4 grueling days of whitewater. There were, however, plenty of fun surf waves (especially for the Gus), and a few monsterous holes (especially for the Burn).
There is nothing like the sight of the Sprinter and Memo, the world´s best shuttle driver, after a good day of paddling.
By the time we reached the take-out the sun was shining and things were looking up!
Dick, emersing himself in the local landscape. You can keep your feet dry if you use the oil pipeline as a sidewalk.
Our next project?
At the take out on day 5 we decided to scope out a new prospect…a very intruiging canyon, with some stout, but good looking rapids upstream. Access might be tough though…as is the case with most unrun rivers in Ecuador. I tell you, if you had a helicopter in this country you could do a first descent everyday for the next 10 years. There is an amazing amount of water and gradient in this country!
The local residents of our new river
Discussing politics or kayaking or something
After boating we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy a little happy hour on the roof.
Luke and Dick discussing the merits of being a kayak bum in Ecuador
Don crashing through a big ol wave
Just after this lovely little waterfall, we saw a good sized flock of Macaws flying over the river.
Once at the river, we were treated with big waterfalls
And more waterfalls
Better parting shot coming soon, but this here is to prove to people, that we do indeed get blue bird days in Ecuador!
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