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whitewater play novice paddlers 1 day
Elora Gorge
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
length: 8.0km, 1 day
difficulty: novice

participants: J Wallace, Kevin Lamb, Peter Farr, Tim Ulrick, Adrian

Level was about 6.5.

Met Kevin, J and Adrian on the road near the take out, then shuttled back to the top for the first run. Gorgeous day, low water.

At this level there really was nothing tricky except to dodge the rocks. This was Adrian's first trip in moving water (she did a great job) and the first trip down the gorge for J, so we scouted a fair bit. The fiirst time down only Kevin ran the chute. He made a good job of it, soloing his tandem. When we came to the sharp left bend Keith calls "Icicle Rapid", everyone took good lines. Kevin's was the first time I have seen anyone backferry it; he made it look very serene. After Icicle Rapid we had some fun dodging all the fishermen to the end.

For the second run, Kevin had to go home, but Tim arrived to fill out the crew. J, Adrian and I did both runs. The second was much like the first, except for a direct hit on a mid-stream rock that tipped J and Adrian, and then Tim dumping in the chute and smashing his finger. The same set of fishermen to dodge and then home again.

A very nice way to spend a late spring evening.

posted by: Peter Farr

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