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Movember Open Paddle

2013 Movember Classic

An open paddle on the Cowichan river, look forward to seeing people dressed up and moustaches for all. Will be sharing photos from the event to FB and to the http://surfkayak.org. Looks to be a fun event with a number of people coming from around the Island. This has been a rather dry, drought like fall. Hope to see a few great MO’s. If you go paddling elsewhere this weekend send in some photos of your MO’s and we will post them to the site.

 

 

Granite Creek update

This update was sent in by Jason Zrum from a trip recently on Granite creek. It has some info about the guage but also about some of the hazards on this river. This river is in the 4+ 5 range. Located in the Port Renfrew watershed on southern Vancouver Island and has some amazing waterfalls, sometimes they end with a bit of wood. You can check out a write up and photos HERE.

Info from Jason,

1)      Online gauge is a direct correlation; 1._m on the online gauge is ._m on the visual gauge at the put in.

2)      The ~20’ waterfall into a river left, boiling cauldron, with most of the water pushing into the cauldron. A small channel out of the cauldron on river right  had a piece of wood sticking out on river left. The drop immediately following this looked to have a piece of wood across it at river level (possibly a mandatory portage; couldn’t tell if it was possible to portage at river level). The two can be portaged from above the first on river left (hike nearly directly up the bank until you’re out of the brush and into the old-growth, then downriver until you get to a second, very small creek; you can hike down / lower boats down from the right-hand side of this creek).

Didn’t get any photos of this section.

3)      The ~20’ waterfall, with a slight right-hand fall line (easily told by the obvious overflow channel on river left) has a potentially deadly log on the ledge below. We had a close call with a vertical pin between the rocks and the log on river left. The log runs fully across the river; It is above water on the river left slot and under water on the river right channel of the ledge; it’s a prime place for an underwater pin.

(shows the pin log, above water on river left, going underwater on river right. The log angles slightly away from the drop, and runs as far as I could feel, under the entire river right channel. I didn’t venture the entire way along the log, but from the angle it was at, it would have been broached across the entire channel)

(shows the pin log, above water on river left, going underwater on river right. The log angles slightly away from the drop, and runs as far as I could feel, under the entire river right channel. I didn’t venture the entire way along the log, but from the angle it was at, it would have been broached across the entire channel)

4)      The drop immediately preceding a large tributary (entering river right), is un-runnable, likely for the foreseeable future. We portaged river right above the canyon and back down to the tributary, which can be accomplished without ropes, and then we hiked out to the road on river left. This put us just below the 4km mark on the road. The next drop had several old growth logs in it and looked to be a mandatory portage. Assuming this tributary is the one described in the LiquidLore beta, it should immediately precede the waterfall above the landslide with a mandatory portage due to an enormous log jam.

shows the massive old-growth log that is resting at the top of a waterfall, and is lodged into a gap in the rocks below, completely choking the river flow; the river runs under it).

shows the massive old-growth log that is resting at the top of a waterfall, and is lodged into a gap in the rocks below, completely choking the river flow; the river runs under it).

Thanks for sending in the update Jason.

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