Saturday, February 20, 2010

Class III (and then some) January 23rd

End of January Class III Trip

Yeah, so this is totally not a Class III rapid...Sue is boofing "dispensable Enson" on the Piatua River.

January 23rd we had a group of 3 people on our Class III trip who were all a lot better than they gave themselves credit for! We ran a really sweet itinerary of Class III and IV that included the Quijos, Cosanga, Piatua, and Jatunyacu.

Sue again but this time she's abusing the local animals--Sue, stop getting the Macaws drunk!

Martha, styling the line at Sabado Gigante on the Piatua River.

Jon running Gringos Revueltos on the Lower Quijos

Some Cuckoos I saw at the Piatua put in. Yeah, sorry, I'm on a cuckoo kick right now.

Martha and her fan club

Chicks Rule!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Torrents Trip, kayaking Ecuador in January--Class IV

January is an awesome month to come kayaking in Ecuador. Most rivers are frozen in North America and Europe, and in the middle of winter, most people can use a little respite from the cold! Here's a short video of our Torrents trip 3 weeks ago--enjoy!

Trent, from Steamboat, CO enjoying shorty weather on the Piatua River.

Karl, saying "hell yeah! All my friends are freezing their asses off in Denver, and I'm in this sweet basalt canyon here in Ecuador."
There are many columnar basalt canyons along the Quijos River that were formed from the rapid cooling of lava flows. The variations in cooling rates and cooling vents (causing some of the columns to be vertical and others to be horizontal) provide some awesome scenery for us kayakers!

Craig from Reno boofing down the clear waters of the Piatua.

Don Beveridge enjoying a little high water on the Lower Quijos. He's found himself a nice little perch from which to video the action!

Parting shot:

Cuckoo, Cuckoo