Archive for February, 2011
KS magazine used an image from a spring trip down the Homathko river in the central coast area of British Columbia. The image is of Steve Arns and Peter Murphy preparing for a cold night at camp two just above the Mosley/Tiedman Trifluence.
This area is one of the more dramatic areas of the trip with large impressive peaks all around, the entry of the Tiedman glacier and BC’s highest peak Mt Waddington looking down upon you, right before the river doubles in volume and enters the fearful Tragedy canyons.
Classically this trip is under taken in the late summer early autumn when the river is at it’s lowest flows before the rainy season begins. We opted to gamble on the spring melt being a little late and holding off long enough for us to pass through the canyons with manageable water levels. Words do little justice to the scale and beauty of the place. It is hard to describe the feeling these places give, I guess there is a simplification process involved to some degree. Having only the basic needs covered and being alone with only your kayak and a sleeping bag strips you back to a simple animal far less cluttered and free.
Rapid Magazine recently printed this shot from the Ashlu box canyon. This shot was actually a out-take from a quest for a shot that still has not worked.
Whilst paddling the box canyon there is one view that kayakers get when they exit the third of the triple drops, it looks directly back upstream at all the drops stacked upon each other in the super dramatic box canyon. To me this is the absolute essence of the run as it captures the total commitment of the canyon and the impressive vertical drop of the rapids which is very hard to achieve from an aerial prospective. So far though the only way that I can achieve the positioning is via a fleeting glance from the kayak as you pass through the exit pinch. Maybe there is no other way to feel that feeling, other than in a kayak, who knows ? What I do know is I have been very close using some SRT rope techniques, but still not quite got there. I suspect I may be chasing that shot for sometime to come.