Post by davidjeffrey on Jun 8, 2010 19:42:58 GMT -5
Saturday, June 5th, ran the upper portion of the Didgeguash river from Barber dam down to the Lawrence Station bridge. The run was 6.5 kms long and took about 2.5 hrs. I have no way of gauging the water levels, but I can say the bigger rocks were just barely covered. Immediately after putting in we encountered a great set of ledgy rapids for the first 1/4 of the run. We navigated our big ol' 169 Old Town through the madness without taking on much water at all. After the rapid section, it was mainly a bunch of mellow rips the whole way to the bridge. It was a beautiful paddle the whole way. The sound of swollen creeks were pouring into the river around each bend. This was the first time I've explored this section, and never had any advice going into it... no one seemed to have paddled this before hand. But for all you out there!!! It's great! If I had to gauge the levels somehow, the Magaguadavic river, flowing parallel to the east, was around 2.2.
Further up from where we put in is a lengthy stretch of calm narrow waters strolling through a marsh... it would be nice to find a put in to leisurely put along before heading into the rapids.
It was certainly a great adventure! Here's a link to my headcam footage of the rapid run! Cheers! www.vimeo.com/12382661
Post by davidjeffrey on Jun 9, 2010 5:08:40 GMT -5
haha it certainly did look as if we were in a hurry... it was his first time running a river, so he was quite nervous... hence the heavy duty paddling! After that section the waters were calm and we enjoyed a leisure cruise to the take out. Its hard trying to navigate that old town with a wild paddler up front... mainly because I was laughing so hard the whole time.
yeah, i got one of those 16-9 beasts in the back yard, cracked and oil-canned. It takes everything you have to wrestle that old tanker around a rock when it's full of gear. I try to go solo nowadays if possible.