The Wingecarribee

Over the past month I have desperately been trying to organise a trip down the Wingecarribee, but it seemed impossible to find a day when ~4 people were available, on Saturday however it finally happened.

We met at 4:45am, sorted out the boats and were away by 5am. We got to the take out, River Island Retreat, at about 7:15, organised the shuttle and were on the water at 9am. The first 5km was relatively easy, mostly Class II rapids, the only slight trouble was one of them had a rope tied across at water level, so watch out for it. The river became more and more gorgey until suddenly we were at the first drop, about 2m with a small eddy above. We scouted it on the left, and it looked fine so every one ran it. The river continued with rapid after rapid, whenever you thought that would be the last decent rapid, there was another.

We reached the take out at about 4:30pm, every one amazed by the quality of the river. Unfortunately no body had a camera, but fortunately a few days before Mick from Wetspot sent me an email with a few photos attached.

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More Canada Pics

Here are some more photos from my Canada trip. I spent the last three weeks paddling almost every day, based in Vancouver, which is blessed with three fantastic rivers right in town. The Capilano is a nice III which runs most of the year, the Lynn is a brilliant grade IV creek with a fun canyon section, and the Seymour has sections from II+ up to V. Then within two hours drive are the Cheakamus, the Chilliwack and the Chehalis as well as bunch of creeks, and a short drive/ferry ride away is the famous Skookumchuck. The creek pics are from a rarely paddled creek out near skook called Chapman creek.

Click below to see the photos.

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