June 3, 2012

Video: Creature Craft Running Tumwater Canyon in Spring 2012


Well I guess when someone writes to me from New Zealand asking why I haven't posted on my blog for a while it's time for me to finally get around to putting up some of the stuff I've been meaning to share on here.  Thanks, Ollie, for the nudge! :)

I don't have the video done yet of Rob McKibbin and Mike Nash running the dam on Tumwater Canyon, but Icicle TV posted this great video on Professor Paddle the other day showing two Creature Crafts running from the dam down through Exit.  The guy who posted said he thought the flow was around 9,000 cfs.

They have POW listed as a V and Exit as a VI, but Sam Grafton, who ran POW in his kayak at something around 9,000 cfs the other week, said he thinks POW is harder than Exit at that level, and Mike Harms said at that level all of the big rapids (the Wall, Chaos, POW, and Exit) were in the V+ range.  I guess Mike was driving by when one of the crafts got stuck on this big log below the Wall, it looked bad but after one of the main tubes deflated they were able to get unstuck and it all worked out.  The guys in the Creature Crafts all look pretty calm in this big water, I have to say.

Chaos looks huge to me in this video, so it's a little ironic that the video I took the other day is of Rob running it at 11,000 cfs in his Kingpin 6.2 - pretty much the smallest playboat a guy his size can squeeze himself into.  I was trying to think of something to say about that, but ultimately I guess it just speaks for itself.


creature craft, Mike H., Mike N., Ollie, Rob M., Sam G., Tumwater, Wenatchee River

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