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whitewater play intermediate paddlers 1 day
16 Mile Creek - "The sky is falling"
Sunday, March 18, 2007
length: 5.0km, 1 day
difficulty: intermediate

participants: Bonnie Bliss, Carlo Drudi, Geoff Kee, Glenn Lee, Jeff McColl, Keith Nunn, Peter Farr, Stephen Farr,


A fun run, but water was at the low limit of runnability. It appears to be headed up now.

There were a lot of people running today, but Glen and I waited for Carlo and so we three wound up on our own.

At the first decent wave, we were hanging around playing. I zoomed across the wave into the overhung eddy on river left and set up to try to catch the wave on the return. Just as I was entering the wave a big piece of rock fell from the ledge above. Keith holding a small part of the rock that hit him. It struck the side of my helmet, bashed my elbow, smashed my gunwhale and punctured my airbag. Needless to say, I was surprised and a bit hurt.

I got my ass out out of that eddy, happy to be upright and not seriously injured. After a few minutes recuperating, we had a decent run even though I was in a bit of pain. Carlo, Glen and I had one dump each. Too little water to roll (and no front air bag in my case). My dump was because of a downstream paddle jam, Glen's was on a tight, fast corner with a sweeper, and I didn't see Carlo's so I can't comment.

It's great to be back on the water! Stay clear of overhung areas though.

posted by: Keith Nunn

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