Katherine nailing her boof with perfect timing and stroke placement--you go girl!
Coming up to Christmas I began to miss home a little. A good cure for being a
touch home sick is warm weather, cold beer, great kayaking and a bunch of new
people to spend it with.
Brien, Rene and Tim standing out against the ultra clear waters of the Piatua
So asylum can imagine, this really took my mind of
being home sick . So I blame Small World Adventures for my forgetting to send my
mum a card. So mum if your reading this .....it was Darcy's fault.
Dana, Brien, Liam and Rene enjoying the "boogie water" on the Piatua. Gotta love the boogie water!
Our torrents trip was made up of: Sandra, Brien, Dana, Katherine, Steve, Tim and
Rene who both joined us for 2nd week. Sometimes that happens--the kayaking in Ecuador is just so good that people often can't go home. I really can't blame them!
Guy, Sandra, Steve and Katerine entering the amazing basalt canyon below Curvas Peligrosas on the Quijos.
I've been teaching kayaking for a long time now and I one strange habit I have
picked up is to give people nick names to help me remember them in years to
come. This crew had some good character and thus good nick names (read on to find out people's new names...)
Guy and Rene super stoked the animal crackers. But Rene wants to know, "doesn't it come in a bigger bag?"
We kicked off the torrents with the Upper Cosanga. Luckily, Chibolo didn't live up to
its name (bump on the head) but it did manage to give Sandra a bumpy welcome to Ecuador.
Rene--master baker (not to be confused with something else...)--having a great line through Chibolo.
Our second day we paddled the bottom of the Oyacachi and carried on through 2 more sections of the Quijos--we put in some serious river miles today!
Dana boofing her way down Ejector Seat on the Oyacachi
I don't think I mentioned it to Steve but, after seeing him boof on the Oyacachi, I started
referring to Steve as the Boof Master General.
Tim on the last rapid of the Oyacachi. This river became Tim's favorite over his 2 weeks of kayaking in Ecuador. And for good reason--this river is unparalleled!
On the last rapid of the Oyacachi
Katherine caught an edge and was forced to roll in some pretty bumpy water, a
few attempts but no luck. I was pretty sure I was going too see a swim; however,
Katherine held in tough even as she bumped off rocks and then rolled up in the
eddy. In my head I rechristened her as Iron lungs Katherine.
Liam lining up to take a big last stroke at the bottom of Serpentine on the Oyacachi
This is a great section that suits the 'torrents trip' as it starts creeky on
the Oyacachi and then transforms into hole dodging, welcome-to-the-jungle fun
big water fun as its meets the Quijos.
Liam and Katherine trying to be like the otters at a lunch break on the Piatua. They both got pretty good at attaining. But then they found a pour over that acted like a natural massage-bath and got distracted!
One of the highlights of the trip was the infamous Gringos Revueltos (Scrambled White Dudes). With tidy
lines and powerful strokes everyone managed to get through without being
Liam, Rene and Tim enjoying short sleeve paddling tops, clear water and big boulders
The rest of the week we were lucky enough to paddle the Piatua, the Lower Cosanga, El Chaco Canyon on the Quijos, and Bridge 2 to the lodge at a healthy flow on the last day!
Kayakers preparing for a sweet run down the Cosanga
It's not all about the paddling though. Some of the dry land activities really
make the holiday for people.
One of my highlights of the week, and I know Tim felt the same, was visiting the
town of Puerto Misahualli. A riverside town near Tena that is home to a gang of
tame(ish) monkeys. I was glad of Tim's company as he seems to find them quite as
hilarious as I do. He was also a good deal braver than me and I got to watch as
he wrestled a over a piece of duck tape with a boisterous young monkey. This
was the moment I started referring to Tim as Tim the monkey whisperer. As a side note: I have met this monkey a couple of times since and now refer to the monkey simply
Sandra dropping into the "Poop Shoot" on the Piatua as Darcy and Tim look on
Another great week for me here at Small World so I owe another big thanks
Tim the monkey whisperer
Sandra--Princess of the Ottawa
Seven Summits Brien
Rene the Swiss Master chef or 'dad'
Iron lungs Katherine
And Steve the boof Master General
Giovanna, Fabian and Marco (our friends and taxi drivers) watch at the kayakers start their journey down the Piatua.
Now, kick back and enjoy the rest of the photos from an incredible week of boating.
Liam explaining the best line in "Breakfast in Bed"
Our incredible lodge staff--Lauro, Liliana, and Jhimena
Now you know why Liam calls him Boof Master General