I spend a month on Vancouver Island, from Dec 16th to Jan 15th. Had the pleasure to meet a lot of local paddlers, paddle with the UVic kayaking club on a beginner run, run the first descent of Museum Creek, and of course, paddle awesome class IV-V runs.
One of those awesome rivers was the well known Granite Creek. A class V steep creek. It is actually packed of waterfalls, from 10 to 40 footers, separated by class IV rapids and some class V ones.
We were super lucky to hit the creek at a prime flow, which was 7,2 on the put-in gauge. We were 5, Shayne and Steve had ran before while Alex, Kevin and I were first timers. It took us about 6 hours to run mainly because of the portages caused by log jams. I wish I had a good camera to record from the shore, but all I had was a GoPro. The edit is pretty good for GoPro footage only ! Check it out :
View on Vimeo.
About a month after, Frank and I have 9 days off to spend kayaking. The first think we thought was : Pacific NorthWest ! We then drove down to Washington/Oregon to paddle the beautiful canyons and clean waterfalls ! Metlako was the first thing we went to see; it was low, but still OK. Frank went first and had a super good line and hand rolled against the wall at the bottom. I then went for it, chucked my paddle and tucked way too early, still on the lip. It resulted in an overflip and a pretty violent impact at the bottom that poped my skirt and made me swim. The bootie beer was sooo nasty, next time I’ll wait mid-way to chuck my paddle and tuck forward.
Here are some shots:
Beautiful Metlako scenery
Frank with probably what was the best line of the day
We also paddled the Sultan, the White Salmon, the Lewis and the Wind, all great runs.
Can’t wait for my next road on the coast!