Sunday I made a fourth attempt at the stretch of the Bow River known as "Horseshoe Canyon" by the rafters and FINALLY made it to the power dam. The rapid I had only seen in the distance in previous runs was f$#*ing way bigger than I thought it was lol
Read online last nite they rate that a class 4 (out of 5)and I was definitely a bit nervous shooting it. River probably climbed 30 or more feet in 150 yards or so. My buddy asked me if I had a backup plan if I got off the line I had chosen, convo went something like this...
"well, see this rock we're standing on thats a cube about 30x30x30? first Im gonna run directly into it crushing the nose of the boat, THEN Ill panic" LOL
there wasnt really any other lines to take without plunging into some big holes and alot of really airated water. There was a couple scoping out the rapid on the other side of the river, I assume for rafting purposes etc. Sadly they had walked back into the woods before we ran it because I am certain they would have been utterly stunned to see us attempt, and make it thru there haha
Buddy was high-5ing me when we made it up and was all pumped but I was trying to remind him that we still had to run back down it! lol
May as well have been driving over the brink of Niagara Falls going down cause with the nose slightly up I couldnt see jack when trying to line up my drop in.
(Dont worry I had the helmet cam running the entire day and video looks good. )
Spent the afternoon running above the dam as far as we could go before hitting the national park boundary. Probably one of the best, most satisfying days of boating Ive had in ages
You guys will LOVE the channels I ran thru Dead Mans Flats (no kidding thats what its called)
And of course had to finish off the day with getting stuck and having a good push in a REALLY cold river