We had great runs down the Upper and Lower Cosanga, El Chaco Canyon on the Quijos, the Piatua, Oyacachi and Lower Quijos. The only river on our hit list that we missed out on was the Upper Misahualli. Tuesday it was too low, but then on Thursday when we were trying to give it a go, it was too high. Ah, such is life in the rainforest. But, the cool thing about Ecuador is that we had great alternatives. John, you will just have to come back next year to get the Upper “Miss Hawaii.”
Our most adventuresome day came on Friday with a rapidly raising Oyacachi River. It had rained a bit throughout the night and so we were slightly suspicious that water levels may be on the rise. We drove down to the Oyacachi bridge to check the level and found it to be a nice, low level.
So, up the road we went. Then it started raining rather hard and many of the little side creeks coming into the Oyacachi weren’t so little anymore…We arrived to the put in to find a rather HIGH level rushing its way down towards the bridge.
Wisely, most of the crew opted not to put in up high. One hard charger who had been wanting to go bigger all week decided this was his chance. So Eric and I put in and the rest of the group drove down to “Ejector Seat” to join us for the last couple miles of the Oyacachi.
Eric and I had a nice run down the upper and then met up with the crew at the lower put in. The river was still raising, and it was looking like it was going to be a big water run down the Oyacachi, NOT a nice creeking run like it usually is. But the crew rallied and did awesome! By the time we got to the “Last Rapid” now called “Margot’s Maelstrom” it was fricking HUGE. Usually rapids get named after people who screw up in them, but this one is different because Margot completely styled the line!