I could just as easily call this video “Why I love whitewater kayaking” because it’s a perfect example of everything that’s amazing about it – the beautiful surroundings, the thrill of whitewater and the great people you do it with. This is me, Rob McKibbin, Dave Moroles and Sam Grafton on Roadside Attraction on Icicle Creek on July 4, 2010 when the Wenatchee was at 4900 cfs.
Thanks to Charles Graves for filming this! (Due to having to skip the paddle after tweaking his back out getting stuck in a hole for 30 seconds on Tumwater that morning looking for my paddle that broke in half and resulted in my swim through Dam rapid – ouch! But that’s another blog post….)
Anyway, Sam’s in the lead, I’m in the blue and white boat that flips (huge surprise) followed by Rob in the red playboat and then Dave. Notice how I completely don’t paddle going into that drop that flips me, and then you can hardly see it but after I roll up I do the next drop backwards. Which surprisingly often works out pretty well – I’ve done it enough times that I’m telling Rob my goal is to eventually do all of Tumwater backwards. And now maybe Icicle too. :) Anyway, first time on Icicle and it was definitely a stretch for my skill level but it was a blast and I would love to do it again, as scary as it was. (If you haven’t done it yet, it’s definitely a lesson in the ‘it’s bigger than it looks from the road’ department.)
P.S. I should mention that we put in at RV and I walked Limbo and took out at Ricochet. Then Sam broke HIS paddle on Son of Ricochet. It was just one of those days when things break, I guess! Also, Icicle was 875 cfs on the Professor Paddle virtual Icicle gauge.