Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rio Riñinahue: First Descent

I have stopped and looked at this canyon and set of drops twice befor on this trip at higher flows.... and finally I decided it was pretty, maybe, good to go. Jared and I geared up after scouting in the spikey woods for a half hour or so. Jared decided to go first and I was to be his lemming... he's a good dude to be firing off big scarey stuff with, NO FEAR for MEATBALL!!!!!

Well he went, boofed the top slot 5 footer and started to paddle his ass off...

This is Jared covered by trees, but it the middle of charging for his dear hienny, away from the cave you can see on the left and to the only runnable part of the drop... far right.

he kept giving her until he got the last boof off the far right side, clearing the hole and making it safely to the pool away from the hole and cave.

Jared boofing the powerful 12 footer after making the ferry look difficult but good. 1st D baby!!

Me following the terrifying ferry move that Jared showed me was hard, but possible.

I was more scared after watching how hard Jared paddled but just gave it a go and made it with a very nice boof out the bottom. That one one of the scaryest drops of the trip so far just because of the things that could happen if something went wrong in there... no way to run saftey at all, but we made it with out soiling the boardy's!!!

The next thing up was a cool tight canyon, with no exit into a huge scary horizon that marked the actual falls we came for. It was a 30ish footer with a sick lead in and a huge curler coming off the right wall. We couldn't wait for Max and Migule to take photos so we just gave her. It was super duper fun guys....

This is the 30 footer into the big, nice, clear pool.

We both came in hot, hit the curler, got burried, plugged in to the nice boil, and came out waving our hands high!!!

Me chilling after exiting the box gorge. AHHH! like a cool glass of Brisk ice tea on a hot summer day!

Jared Seiler all fired up on our first descent of the Riñinahue falls and canyon. Look at how cute he is... Ladies he's single????

It was cool to finally log a first descent down here in Chile after running the shit for 2plus months. We found it thanks to Lj's beta from a few years back... Thanks diggity!!! Then we floated towards Lago Ranco and took out. It was an amazing day of kayaking. 2 laps of the 60 feet Nilahue and a challanging, sick first descent. I could not ask to be anywhere else in the world right now. On way to the Futaleufu now...

Later E.G.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

When are you coming back. Mrs. Mershawn has been asking about you and i didnt want to disappoint her

gharett

Will Lyons said...

Nice work fellas, lapping the stouts. That sucks about your shit getting stolen, I can't believe they broke into the truck and didn't just grab something out of the back, wtf?
will

Team KayakPucon said...

wooooowwww, that video look the shit, I loved....
here in pucon we are ready go south and run the shit like you boys...
see you soon...
rodrigo

Adriene said...

Evan!!! I have a ticket to bozeman to hang with whit an get out of asheville for a bit but you fly in 2 days after i leave!!!! glad that all is well, tell jared i love him you too... i guess
ciao